Not hosting a huge Christmas this year? Here is your ultimate guide to Christmas Dinner For Two! Menu includes recipes for two and small batch recipes of your favorite Christmas dishes.
Now that the biggest food holiday of the year is over in the US, it’s time to look forward to celebrating the next big holiday.
Although most people don’t host nearly as many people for Christmas dinner as they did for Thanksgiving, they still have family coming over.
But maybe that’s not you. Maybe it’s only you and your partner. Maybe it’s only you and your roommate. Maybe you’re unable to travel this year. Or maybe you simply don’t have a huge family.
I got you. I’ve been scaling down recipes for years.
You enjoyed my Thanksgiving Dinner For Two Menu so much, I decided to write a small Christmas Dinner For Two version.
Most of the recipes will look familiar because there is a lot of menu overlap between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
However, I did swap out most of the desserts for gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog.
This isn’t meant to be a full menu; rather, I’m giving you choices to pick and choose. It’s like one of those build your own adventures books but with food!
The list of recipes is at the bottom, but here is a break down of what you can expect:
With all of the cooking going on, drinks definitely don’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as opening a bottle of wine and pouring.
Not sure about finishing a whole bottle? Most companies now make 4-packs of wine in little bottles, which is about 1-2 glasses.
Not a wine drinker? Serve a sparkling non-alcoholic drink, such as grape or apple juice.
The Main Dish
Thanksgiving dinner is practically synonymous with turkey, but what about Christmas?
To me, I think about Christmas ham and lamb. That’s why I’m sharing my honey glazed ham steak for two.
I don’t have a recipe posted for lamb yet, but what I do is I rub lamb shoulder chops with salt and pepper, broil it until medium (about 4-5 minutes on each side), then let it rest 10 minutes before serving.
You can also sauté the lamb in a large skillet on high heat for about 4-5 minutes on each side until medium in the middle.
One Cornish hen is plenty for two people, although if you have your heart set on leftover chicken salad, you can always roast two.
Personally I think Christmas side dishes are the best part!
As much as it pains me to say this, the best way to keep leftovers to a minimum for two people is limit the side dishes. I know, I know. Blasphemy you say!
The good news is most of these side dish recipes make roughly 4 servings (2 helpings each), so if there are any you don’t make for Christmas, make them throughout the weekend.
Of course no dinner is complete without dessert!
December brings lots of peppermint, gingerbread, and eggnog.
Small Batch Gingerbread Cookies with Eggless Royal Icing
Get ready for cookie season with Small Batch Gingerbread Cookies made without shortening and decorated with an eggless royal icing.