We’re food lovers over here and holiday dinner is one of our favourite things about this time of year, but we don’t have to tell you that it’s looking a little different in 2020. There’s a good chance you’re going to have fewer people at your holiday dinner table, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t modify some classics and still have a delicious meal. Here are some of the ways we’re going to be modifying our holiday dinner for 2 people.
Turkey is a mainstay on the holiday dinner table, and while you probably don’t want to cook up a whole bird for so few people, you don’t have to forgo turkey full-stop. Instead opt for turkey breasts or check with your local grocery store or butcher to see if they’re selling a turkey roll. If you do still want to roast a full bird, go for a chicken instead! You’ll have leftovers, but isn’t that one of the best parts anyway?
If you have your heart set on turkey, but having turkey breasts doesn’t feel special enough for a holiday meal, dress it up in a wellington! This turkey, brie, and cranberry wellington will be sure to satisfy. If you want a plant-based main, wellingtons are also a delicious option—try this vegetable wellington with mushrooms and lentils.
The best part of a smaller holiday dinner is that you can make only the sides you like! Take a vote for any non-negotiable side dishes that need to be on the table and don’t bother making green beans if everyone at your table isn’t a fan. If there’s a side dish recipe that you love, you can always half or quarter the ingredients for a smaller portion. But if it’s something that works well as leftovers and you know you’ll eat it (hello, gravy), don’t bother making a smaller batch!
Not too fussed about the sides? Roast up a pan of mixed veggies for a simple, easy and delicious side dish.
Does your family start holiday baking weeks before and make a bajillion (yep, that many) different dessert options? If you have a super sweet tooth, you could keep up that tradition, but we’re guessing you’ll want to scale back. One route you could take is similar to side dishes by making a few favourites or baking up smaller batches. Or, if you live in the same town as your family and friends, you could each make one family-favourite dessert and then deliver a smaller portion of batch to each other (contact-less, of course).
We’re definitely going to be cooking up an apple crisp using our Original Goodness Granola Bar Mix, because not only does it make a delicious dessert with some vanilla ice cream, but we also like to have it for breakfast with a side of yogurt because it’s super nutritious.
Want to try something totally different?
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect of a holiday dinner this year, it could be the perfect time to break tradition. If you have a local restaurant that’s open for the holidays, why not support them! Whether they’ll be serving up a traditional holiday dinner or something else equally delicious, it’s a great time to give them a little extra support while giving you more time to Zoom with your family and friends.
Are you going to be making a holiday dinner for two this year? We’re wishing you a Happy Holiday full of delicious food, no matter how many people are at your table!