Christmas dinner is not always a family affair, but a smaller party does not mean you have to skimp on the festivities. With a little thought and planning, Christmas dinner for two people can be an equally special meal, full of festive flavor but low on the leftovers that so often haunt the post-Christmas period.
Traditional Christmas Dinner
Turkey with all the trimmings is possible if only two people are dining; just prepare less food. Instead of cooking a whole bird, buy a turkey breast joint for the big day. Or buy a whole turkey and remove the legs and wings. Alternatively ask your butcher to joint it for you. This way, you won't have a whole heap of leftovers after the meal.
Venison and Game
Venison and game are perfect for a Christmas dinner for two. Old time Christmas favorites, they make a special, alternative main course for Christmas dinner. Try serving a venison steak with a red currant sauce for Christmas dinner. A brace of pheasant served with a port wine sauce also makes a festive treat for two that can be eaten in one sitting.
Non-meat-eating diners can really go to town when the party only involves two of them. A vegetarian Middle Eastern feast of vegetable tagine and couscous, packed full of Christmas fruit and spices makes a healthy, seasonal Christmas meal for two. For a rich and decadent alternative, try choux pastries filled with mushrooms and cheese or a festive nut roast packed with chestnuts and served with a Madeira sauce.
If you don't want to cook, why not eat out? Many local restaurants take bookings on Christmas Day and offer menus with a choice of Christmas favorites. Booking in advance is essential, but most restaurants have a relaxed dress code, allowing you to enjoy an intimate Christmas dinner for two without the cooking and the clean up. There's a range of options for all budgets, with menus on offer for under or over $40 a head.
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