Christmas dinners for two – BBC Good Food

Christmas may be a smaller affair this year, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on a quality festive lunch. We’ve rounded up 10 recipes that can be enjoyed between two, whether you want to share a whole roast bird, an easy salmon dish or a plant-based option.

Looking for more inspiration? See our Christmas menu for two, which covers everything from brunch through to festive desserts and snacks. Also, check out our collection of easy Christmas recipes for a range of ideas to suit different numbers of people and diets.

1. Roast guinea fowl with chestnut, sage & lemon stuffing

Roast-guinnea-fowl

If you want a smaller celebratory centrepiece to rival traditional Christmas turkey, this game bird makes the ideal dinner for two. Moist, buttery guinea fowl is roasted with streaky bacon and herby onion and chestnut stuffing, resulting in a mouthwatering combination of flavours. The portions are generous, so you may have some leftovers to enjoy the next day!

Roast guinea fowl with chestnut, sage & lemon stuffing

2. Golden-glazed carrot, mushroom & hazelnut tart

Carrot and vegetable puff pastry tart on a plate

These gorgeously sticky individual vegetable tarts make an elegant veggie dinner for two. With flaky puff pastry, shallot-fried mushrooms, maple-glazed carrots and a crunchy hazelnut topping, they are truly a treat for all the senses. Parts can be made a few days in advance, then assembled on the day, allowing you more time to relax at Christmas.

Golden-glazed carrot, mushroom & hazelnut tart

3. Orange-stuffed Christmas duck

Whole roast duck with potato rosti

Roast duck is a Christmas dinner classic, and this recipe takes things one step further with the addition of beautiful citrussy flavours. As well as stuffing the bird with orange halves, a boozy orange glaze and zingy gravy make it even more irresistible. We recommend serving it with watercress, buttery wilted spinach and potato rosti.

Orange-stuffed Christmas duck

4. Gochujang-glazed celeriac with black beans & green salsa

Gochujang-glazed celeriac with black beans & green salsa on a plate

Make the most of seasonal celeriac in an impressive veggie main. This earthy root vegetable is brought to life with a spicy gochujang chilli and soybean glaze, then served with cumin-fried black beans and a punchy green salsa.

Gochujang-glazed celeriac with black beans & green salsa

5. Turkey & mushroom pot pies

Small turkey and mushroom pot pie in ramekin with puff pastry topping

Give the traditional British pie a special festive twist with turkey, streaky bacon and thyme. These individually portioned dishes are topped with a satisfyingly crisp puff pastry crust. Save time by using ready-made pastry, and make the pies ahead if you wish. They are delicious with garlicky fondant potatoes and crunchy broccoli.

Turkey & mushroom pot pies

6. Open ravioli with squash & porcini mushrooms

Open ravioli with mushrooms on a plate

Wanting to showcase your culinary skills? This delicate ravioli dish has a professional look, and is full of rich flavours such as saffron and nutmeg. Similar to lasagne, layers of pasta are alternated with butternut squash and spinach, then served with mushrooms in a garlicky porcini dressing.

Open ravioli with squash & porcini mushrooms

7. Chicken stuffed with herby mascarpone

Stuffed chicken breast wrapped in bacon with beans

If you’re looking for a speedy yet sophisticated Christmas dinner, these stuffed chicken breasts fit the bill. They’re also ready in less than 30 minutes. The creamy rosemary and garlic mascarpone filling balances perfectly with the moist chicken and a crispy prosciutto wrapping.

Chicken stuffed with herby mascarpone

8. Smoky steak with Cajun potatoes & spicy slaw

Steak with Cajun potatoes and spicy slaws

Try our posh version of steak and chips for Christmas. Make it special by using bavette, the ‘butchers’ cut’ of meat that makes a melt-in-the-mouth main. Cajun-spiced potatoes and spicy homemade slaw make a refreshing accompaniment for the griddled steak pieces.

Smoky steak with Cajun potatoes & spicy slaw

9. Miso aubergines

Miso-aubergines

These miso-roasted aubergines make a delicious and healthy vegan Christmas dinner for two. The dish is so rich and meaty, it’s hard to believe it’s vegan! Serve with giant couscous, sliced chilli and a scattering of coriander leaves.

Miso aubergines

10. Salmon & spinach with tartare cream

Salmon fillet on a bed of spinach, dressed in tartare sauce, with a lemon wedge

One of our most popular salmon dishes, this simple pan-fried fillet is elevated with a fresh parsley and lemon cream sauce. Serve on a bed of spinach with a special side, such as these individual domino potatoes.

Salmon & spinach with tartare cream

Get more Christmas meal ideas…

Vegetarian Christmas menu
Vegan Christmas menu
Gluten-free Christmas menu
Quick Christmas recipes
Classic Christmas menu
Alternative Christmas dinner recipes

Sharing Christmas dinner with one other person this year? Let us know what you make…

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