Complete Christmas menu: For two

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    Natalie Hardwick - Senior writer -

Keeping it cosy on Christmas Day? We have some ideas for creating an intimate festive feast for two.

Guinea fowl

While for many Christmas brings a tornado of guests, others prefer to keep things small scale. If you’re spending Christmas with just one other person we have some ideas for you, from the extra special brunch right through to pudding.

Christmas morning

Chorizo and kale hashGo seasonal with a fried potato hash and winter greens, or splash out on some smoked salmon. Pop open a bottle of fizz and toast the day ahead with a brunch cocktail for two. 

Chorizo & kale hash with fried eggs
Smoked salmon & mascarpone tortilla
All-in-one baked mushrooms
Sloe royales

Christmas dinner


Seared seafood bisqueKeep things simple with a light and fresh salad, or plump for a special soup. This lobster bisque isn't something you'd eat everyday... 

Seared garlic seafood with spicy harissa bisque
Pear & Manchego salad
Scandi salmon salad



Main course

Pheasant with wild mushroomsThe petite nature of game birds means they're ideal for feeding two people. Roast up a whole phesant or guinea fowl, or if you still want the rich flavour of game without buying a whole bird, try luxurious venison. A whole duck is great for two and will give you generous portions or dispense with leftovers and carving, with duck legs in a festive port jus.

Roast guinea fowl with chestnut, sage & lemon stuffing
Roast pheasant with wild mushroom, potato & bacon ragout
Pan-fried venison with sloe gin & plum sauce
Slow-cooked duck legs in port with celeriac gratin

Side dishes

Fennel dauphinoiseSumptuous sides are a highlight of the Christmas table, choose a selection to complete your spread.

Lemon-roasted new potatoes
Fennel dauphinoise
Sweet potato & orange mash with sage butter drizzle
Garlic & shallot spinach
Artichoke, garlic & potato mash


Salted caramel and banana messA classic cake or pudding will yield a hefty amount of leftovers, so try individual puddings or lighter chilled desserts, like Eton mess - served with a twist. 

Chocolate, salted caramel & banana mess
Molten toffee puddings
Warm honey cup puddings


Curl up on the sofa and indulge in some light bites. These toasted treats should curb any stomach rumbles. 

Artichoke & pecorino bruschetta
Turkey & avocado toast
Brie & bacon toasties

Are you having a micro-Christmas this year? Share your recipe ideas with us... 


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