A Christmas dinner for just two people doesn't make the holiday less special—in fact, nothing could be more cozy or romantic. And since you are not cooking for a large group, it's an ideal opportunity to splurge on the ingredients for a festive dinner. This menu features simple yet elegant dishes that will not only impress your dining partner, but it will also set the stage for a memorable Christmas feast.
Start your meal with a glass of Champagne and the gougères (which you can easily make in advance). While duck may seem like a daunting meal to prepare, nothing could be further from the truth. Simply follow each recipe step by step and take the time to enjoy the cooking process. You and your partner will be rewarded with a Christmas dinner worthy of five stars.
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Gougères are bite-size savory puffs generally made with cheese. Don't be deterred by the pastry—it is the same easy-to-make batter used for cream puffs. Best of all, gougères can be frozen and reheated, so make the full recipe and freeze what you don't eat. Better yet, you can make these delicious puffs ahead of time and simply reheat what you will need for the meal.
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This simple recipe calls for six duck breasts, but you can easily halve the recipe to accommodate two to three. The most important step in roasting duck breast is to sear it skin-side down long enough for the skin to crisp. This is an easy step, but it's essential. Then slide the duck breasts into the oven for 10 minutes to finish cooking. While the duck finishes roasting in the oven, you can whip up the simple sauce of honey, brown sugar, butter, and beef broth to drizzle on top.
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A simple combination of brown sugar and butter creates a delicious and beautiful glaze for baby carrots. This recipe couldn't be easier—combine all of the ingredients with water and simmer until the carrots are tender and coated. Light or dark brown sugar can be used, and a finishing sprinkle of salt and pepper nicely balances the sweetness. Feel free to garnish with chopped fresh parsley or another green herb, for additional color and flavor.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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These individual desserts are a perfect dessert for two since they won't leave you with a half-eaten cake after the meal. While the recipe makes four tarts, you can cut the sheet of pastry in half and make two—but once you taste them you might wish you made four. These tarts are similar to the French tartes aux pommes or apple tarts. The thinly sliced apples are layered on top of the pastry square, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, and dotted with butter and then baked until golden. While still warm, a glaze of apricot preserves is brushed on top.