Have you ever just thought to yourself, a Christmas dinner for two would be less stressful? Oh darling, have I got you covered! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a huge party, mingling, and doing all the things, but sometimes a cozy hang is just perfect too!
Now, of course, Christmas has its own set of expectations, but the great thing is you can do whatever you want with your dinner recipes! So if you’re looking for some inspiration for what you can create for yourself and someone else, then let me guide you to the perfect night for a Christmas dinner for two! Also, I totes promise to not make you find strange and esoteric ingredients.
Start Off With Appetizers
Let’s start this with some app talk… you know appetizers!
This dish is not supposed to fill you up but really activate those tastebuds. I’m a sucker for easy appetizers, but also things that look way fancier than they are. I’m going to give you two recipes (or we can call them ideas) and then you choose what vibes with you!
Air Fried Avocados with Crackers
– 1-2 ripe avocados
– Balsamic Glaze
– Cheese of your choice (Personally, I love dairy-free Boursin)
Step 1: Cut your avocados in half, remove the pit, and peel them.
Step 2: Add breadcrumbs and place the avocados in an air fryer at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Step 3: Once that’s done, remove the avocados and place them on a plate.
Step 4: Take a generous scoop of cheese and place it in the middle of the avocado where the pit used to be.
Step 5: Finally, drizzle the avocado with the balsamic glaze!
Step 6: You’ll serve this with crackers and be done! This is a great app for just the two of you!
Now if you literally cannot fathom turning on anything for an app, then try a lovely charcuterie board or a full-blown fancy cheese board. This requires some sort of serving dish and you cutting up a lot of cheese and placing it on a plate.
There are so many options, but think of a nice layout that would spread the festive cheer! I highly recommend pairing hard and soft textures together, such as apples and pears with soft cheeses like brie and Havarti cheeses.
The Main Attraction
It’s no secret the main meal is a showstopper. It’s supposed to be the filling part of the meal and is usually a protein source. There are a few ways to go about this main attraction! First up, you can go the traditional route and place a glazed ham, turkey, chicken breast, or even some type of vegan roast in the oven and let that marinate all day.
Now, the above is all fine and beautiful, but there’s some variation allowed here for your dinner menu! You can do pasta with mussels in a garlic and herb sauce or even a fancy mac and cheese. There is no right way because it’s whatever you want. Here’s a recipe for a fancy mac and cheese that is sure to be good not only on Christmas Day but even leftovers!
Boujee Mac and Cheese
– Box of elbow macaroni
– 1c gruyere cheese, grated
– 1c white cheddar, grated
– 1/4 pound of Havarti, grated
– 1/6 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (or panko breadcrumbs)
– 1/4 stick of unsalted butter
– 1/8 cup flour
– 1 1/2 cups milk
– 1/5 cup half and half
– Olive Oil
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
– Parmigiano Reggiano to taste
– Dash of Dill
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2: In a large pot, boil the water over high heat, add salt, drizzle some olive oil and cook the macaroni according to package instructions.
Step 3: Drain the noodles and then add noodles to an oven-safe dish.
Step 4: Bring that same pot back to the stove and, over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk until well incorporated, making a roux.
Step 5: Add the milk, slowly, whisking constantly. Keep whisking for about 5 minutes until the sauce boils and thickens.
Step 6: Once it’s thick, add the half and half and cook for a little while longer to almost get thick again.
Step 7: Remove from the heat and add salt, pepper, dill, and the majority of the cheeses. Mix everything together for a couple of minutes until well incorporated.
Step 8: Pour the sauce into the macaroni and stir. Top with the rest of the cheese. Grate some Parmigiano Reggiano on top or just toss the store-bought one from the canister, to taste. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and bring it to the oven.
Step 9: Bake for about 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown, and the sauce is bubbly.
The Sweet Stuff
Ok, so you have your apps and your main attraction, but now comes the dessert. Yes, I’m fully confident you can figure out a side piece for your main dish. Frankly, I’m just too excited and I want to talk about dessert now. Cool? Cool.
So, I love dessert, and I want you to love it too. This is really what’s going to make this dinner memorable. You can always buy store-bought dessert and if you’re just over it and want to make things easy, I highly recommend you buy it. However, if you’re wanting to travel down the rabbit hole with me, then let’s make some delicious no-bake mini Biscoff cheesecakes.
No-Bake Mini Biscoff Cheesecakes
(Note: this recipe can also be made vegan with vegan cream cheese!)
– 2 Keebler Ready Made Crusts (Minis)
– 1 jar of Biscoff
– A few Biscoff Cookies
– 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
– Thawed Cool Whip
– 1 pack of cream cheese
Step 1: Mix the package of cream cheese with at least 1/2 the jar of Biscoff. Once the mixture is smooth, add a few dollops of the cool whip and the vanilla and mix again until smooth.
Step 2: Place this mixture in the ready-made crust and then add a bit more cool whip on top.
Step 3: Put either whole Biscoff cookies on top of the cool whip or break the cookie into pieces and sprinkle on top of the cool whip.
This truly is the easiest dessert to make and you can always vary how much Biscoff you use as well. This is your creation, so you make the rules.
Call me old school, but I love an after-dinner/dessert cocktail. It’s just a lovely way to end such a delightful meal. Let me introduce you to my personal “go-to” drink I create at all parties. This drink is always a hit and one that’s adaptable, but watch out because you almost forget your drinking alcohol! Also, remember that you need to drink responsibly. I won’t lie to you, this enchanting drink was inspired by Taylor Swift, so enjoy this yummy and cozy cocktail recipe.
Red (Taylor’s Version) Cocktail
– 2 oz of vanilla or whipped cream vodka
– Cranberry Juice
– Champagne, ginger beer, sprite… something with carbonation
– Cinnamon Sugar
Step 1: Mix vodka and the amount of cranberry juice you want.
Step 2: Pour over ice.
Step 3: Add no more than an ounce of Sprite or whatever you choose.
Step 4: Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar into your drink for the finishing touch.
Iced Irish Coffee
Perhaps you’re looking for something more coffee-based? Don’t worry, I got you. This classic stand-by is always a hit too.
– 2 oz choice of your whiskey
– 3 oz cold brew coffee
– Creamer of your choice
Step 1: Combine all these ingredients together.
Step 2: Either drink as is or pour over ice!
Just remember that your Christmas dinner can be whatever you want it to be. Just be creative with your own festive menu and do everything to your liking!
Other than that, I hope you enjoyed some of these recipes and this helps to relieve some stress about your Christmas dinner for two. Until next time dearies!