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You may be used to attending or hosting large Christmas gatherings, but if that’s not possible, you can still have an enjoyable dinner for two this Christmas. Actually, cooking for an intimate group can be easier since you can more quickly prepare your dishes, but if you’re used to cooking larger meals, you might need help finding delicious Christmas meals for two. Here are three Christmas dinner recipes that feed just two people.
1. Maple glazed ham
You don’t have to buy a full ham when you’re having a Christmas dinner for two. Instead, you can buy ham steaks, which are thick slices of whole ham sold individually. To make a delicious glaze for your ham, whisk maple syrup, vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard together in a bowl.
Then, heat one tablespoon oil on medium-high heat. Lower the heat and, before starting your ham, cook a side dish by adding kale to the pan and tossing the greens until they’ve wilted, which should take approximately four minutes. Add cooked black-eyed peas to the pale and toss them for a couple of minutes, then transfer your kale and beans dish to a plate.
Raise the skillet’s heat back to medium-high and heat two teaspoons of oil. Next, add your ham steak and cook for approximately four minutes on each side or until it’s golden. You can then pour the maple syrup mixture on top of the ham steak and cook the ham until it’s fully coated in the glaze. Remove the ham and add the kale and beans mixture back to the skillet to coat them with the remaining glaze. Lastly, transfer your dishes to a plate and enjoy. View the full recipe here.
2. Creamy baked potatoes
Here’s a deliciously easy baked potato recipe for two: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then pierce two medium-sized potatoes and place them on a baking sheet. Cook them until they’re tender, or approximately one hour. Let the potatoes cool off, then cut a thin slice off the top of each potato. You can eat this slice as a snack or discard it. Next, scoop out the inside of the potatoes, leaving a thin potato shell.
In a small bowl, mash the inside of the potatoes with butter, salt, milk, sour cream, and cream cheese. Spoon the creamy potato mixture back into the thin potato shells and sprinkle it with paprika, green onions, and parsley. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake them uncovered for approximately 50 minutes. View the full recipe here.
Make some tasty eggnog for two this Christmas with this recipe. First, beat four egg yolks in a stand mixer until their color lightens. Then, slowly add a quarter-cup of sugar and continue to beat the mixture until the sugar is thoroughly mixed. Stir in one pint of whole milk, one cup of heavy cream, three ounces of bourbon, and one teaspoon of nutmeg.
Place four egg whites in a separate bowl and mix them in your stand mixer. Beat the egg whites to form soft peaks. With the mixer still running, gradually add one tablespoon of sugar and beat the mixture until stiff peaks form. Then, whisk the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Lastly, chill and serve to enjoy some sweet eggnog with a kick of bourbon for two. View the full recipe here.
What are your go-to Christmas recipes for a small dinner? Share your thoughts in the comments!