Complete Christmas menu: For two

    Keeping it cosy on Christmas Day? Our festive menu for two makes the most of smaller birds and dainty desserts, so Christmas dinner will be even more special.

    Roast guinea fowl wrapped in bacon, with stuffing balls

    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

    Bowl of sliced avocado, black beans and tomatoes with two fried eggs

    With all the day's festivities looming, Christmas morning requires something special yet speedy. Go seasonal with a fried potato hash and winter greens, or keep it light with healthy avocado, tomato & black bean eggs. If you have more of a sweet tooth, whip up some cinnamon crêpes or go all-out indulgent with chocolate & banana French toast. 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
    Cinnamon crêpes with nut butter, sliced banana & raspberries
    Chocolate & banana French toast
    Avocado & black bean eggs
    Rarebit toasties with sticky Marmite onions
    All-in-one baked mushrooms
    Sloe royales

    Christmas dinner

    Starter

    Two bowls of cauliflower soup topped with chorizo pieces and croutons

    Keep things simple with a light and fresh salad, or plump for a special soup. This luxuriously creamy cauliflower soup is quick to whizz up and makes an impressive starter. Top with pieces of chorizo, crunchy garlic croutons and fresh parsley. 

    Cauliflower soup with chorizo and garlic croutons
    Seared garlic seafood with spicy harissa bisque
    Lobster & celeriac remoulade
    Roasted carrot, rocket & lentil salad
    Pear & manchego salad
    Scandi salmon salad


    Main course

    Whole duck on a plate, with potato rostis and a plate of cabbage

    The petite nature of game birds means they're ideal for feeding two people. Roast up a whole pheasant 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
    Orange-stuffed Christmas duck
    Pan-fried venison with sloe gin & plum sauce
    Partridge with wine & cinnamon
    Slow-cooked duck legs in port with celeriac gratin

    Square carrot and mushroom puff pastry tart

    For vegetarians, our smart maple-glazed carrot, mushroom & hazelnut tart pairs flaky puff pastry with a creamy mushroom filling and sticky topping for the ultimate flavour hit. Or perk up your pasta with some festive flair by layering lasagne sheets with spiced squash, spinach and a porcini mushroom dressing.

    Golden-glazed carrot, mushroom & hazelnut tart
    Open ravioli with squash & porcini mushrooms
    Mushroom & olive tatins


    Side dishes

    Fennel dauphinoise

     

    Sumptuous sides are a highlight of the Christmas table – choose a selection to complete your spread, from lemony potatoes and creamy fennel Dauphinoise to honey-glazed veg and garlicky spinach. Just make sure you leave space for the centrepiece!

    Lemon-roasted new potatoes
    Honey-roasted beetroot & carrots
    Fennel Dauphinoise
    Sweet potato & orange mash with sage butter drizzle
    Garlic & shallot spinach
    Artichoke, garlic & potato mash
    Easy creamed spinach
    Potato rösti cakes with sage leaves

    Desserts

    Circular tart with pears and roquefort cream topping

    A classic cake or pudding will yield a hefty amount of leftovers, so try individual puddings or lighter chilled desserts. We've paired sticky pear tarts with roquefort cream for the ultimate dessert and cheese course mash-up.

    Sticky pear tarts with roquefort cream
    Chocolate, salted caramel & banana mess
    Molten toffee puddings
    Warm honey cup puddings

    Snacking 

    Light bites and dips

    Bowl of hummus with pomegranate seeds and red onion

    Curl up on the sofa and indulge in some between-meal sustenance. Take a pack of hummus to the next level by combining with pickled red onions and pomegranate seeds, then serve with pitta bread or croutons. Or take a triple cheese hit with fromage-filled portobello mushrooms. For health conscious snackers, avocado halves and veggie crudités make the perfect light bite.

    Hummus with pickled red onion & pomegranate seeds
    Za'atar croutons
    Triple cheese & tarragon-stuffed mushrooms
    Pepper & walnut hummus with veggie dippers
    Avocado with Virgin Mary dressing
    Spiced pecans & peach fizz

    Toasted snacks

    For something more substantial, our toasted treats should curb any stomach rumbles. Whether you prefer a classic melty cheese toastie or more veg-heavy option, we've got all the topping inspiration you need.

    Four toast halves with a variety of toppings

    Artichoke & pecorino bruschetta
    Turkey & avocado toast
    Brie & bacon toasties
    Cheese & onion toast
    Miso spinach toast
    Tomato, ricotta & oregano toast
    Labneh, radishes & sumac toast

    Are you having Christmas for two? Share your recipe ideas with us below and browse more Christmas menus...

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    berniefrombrighton
    5th Dec, 2017
    All recipes are brilliant I am looking forward to Christmas Day and have already told others about them.
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