Not everyone celebrates Christmas dinner with a big oversized feast. Maybe you're opting for a more intimate meal with your hubby or a smaller dinner with just a couple of friends. Either way, you can plan a Christmas dinner for two (or four) with just as much holiday spirit—and all your favorite traditional dishes. All you need are some festive table decorations and these cozy winter recipes that are perfectly portioned for a smaller meal. If a small Christmas dinner is on your radar this year, check out the recipe ideas ahead, just don't forget the Christmas desserts!
The best part about having a smaller Christmas dinner is that you don't have to do a ton of work (or clean-up). So, keep things easy, simple, and elegant with these Christmas dinner ideas for two. Here, you'll find everything you need for a holiday menu, including Christmas sides and festive cocktails. And just like with a big family dinner, this list includes plenty of options for main courses, like pan-fried rib eye, chicken marsala, and lemon-garlic shrimp and grits. While all these dishes are meant to feed a smaller crowd, don't worry too much if you end up with leftovers—they're the best part anyway!
Frying the chicken thighs in bacon drippings makes this dish feel even more special. Add a creamy, dreamy gravy and a side of mashed potatoes for a comforting winter meal.
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This cocktail has a pop of color and sweet-tart flavor that will make any get-together feel festive. Add a cute lime twist to really impress your loved one.
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Puff Pastry Pork with Brussels Sprouts Slaw
This recipe makes two pork tenderloins wrapped in a flaky puff pastry crust but you can stick to making just one. Whatever you do, don't forget the Brussels sprouts slaw made with apples and almonds.
From the garlicky white wine pan sauce to the salty prosciutto, this chicken dinner is anything but ordinary. It's especially delicious when served with a big pile of parsley noodles.
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Pomegranates have a cranberry-like flavor and color that's perfect for the holidays, especially when you garnish the glass with salt, lime slices, and extra pomegranate seeds.
Get the Pomegranate Margarita recipe.
Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Yes, even smaller Christmas dinners can have turkey as the main event. Thanks to this method for cooking turkey in an air fryer, you'll get moist, juicy turkey breast in a fraction of the time.
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Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are the perfect holiday side dish because they can lean more sweet or more savory depending on your preference. Try one with a topping of crispy bacon and sour cream and another with a drizzle of honey.
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Holiday Slice-and-Bake Cookies
Keep a batch of this cookie dough in the freezer, then just slice off however many cookie you want to bake. The dough can last for up to 3 months!
Get Ree's Holiday Slice-and-Bake Cookies recipe.
Braised Short Ribs
This recipe for braised short ribs is downright delectable. You can choose to serve it over creamy polenta or even mashed potatoes (that's what Ree's husband would choose).
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Is there anything more comforting than this Italian-American dish? The mushrooms and butter come together to form a sauce that's soaked up by the chicken and even the noodles.
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Caprese Chicken Pasta
This pasta recipe is loaded with hearty chicken, bursting cherry tomatoes, and melty mozzarella cheese. It's simple, scrumptious, and ready in just 25 minutes!
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Bacon-Wrapped Filets with Cowboy Butter
Looking for a restaurant-quality Christmas dinner? This decadent bacon-wrapped beef filet is extra-impressive, but it's surprisingly easy to make. You'll definitely want to bookmark that cowboy butter, too!
Tuscan Pork Sheet Pan Supper
Both the pork and the sweet potato wedges cook together on a sheet pan, making this dinner the easiest clean-up yet!
Get Ree's Tuscan Pork Sheet Pan Supper recipe.
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