Christmas recipes for four

Plan an intimate gathering with our Christmas recipes for four. We’ve got ideas for smaller menus such as stuffed turkey legs, turkey crown and a Christmas roast chicken, plus meat-free centre pieces and all the starters, trimmings and desserts for four you need to make December 25th a stress-free affair.


A gold glitter roundel, with the words GLOW UP! in the centreDinner for four still deserves some pizzazz! Try our speedy Glow-Up hacks, from a fruity glaze to brush onto pigs in blankets to a savoury granola to scatter over bread sauce…

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Air fryer yorkshire puddings

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer yorkshire puddings

It might make a Yorkshire native faint in horror, but you can make cracking yorkshire puddings in an air fryer...

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Roast guinea fowl with fennel, shallot and white wine sauce

Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Roast guinea fowl with fennel, shallot and white wine sauce

This guinea fowl roast with thyme butter, bacon and a rich white wine sauce serves four, making it a special...

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Roast sprouts with bacon, chestnuts and cream

Brussels sprouts recipes

Roast sprouts with bacon, chestnuts and cream

Roast sprouts with bacon and chestnuts until the veg are just tender, then stir throughcr eam for an unapologetically decadent...

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Christmas peas

Christmas trimmings, sides and sauces

Christmas peas

Flecked with the pink of grapefruit and peppercorns, this bowl of peas provides a much needed flash of green at...

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Sprouts in blankets

Christmas trimmings, sides and sauces

Sprouts in blankets

Two Christmas icons combine…What’s not to love? As the bacon crisps up, the sprouts are almost confited in bacon fat,...

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Blood orange, burrata and cinnamon-cashew salad with mulled wine glaze

Orange recipes

Blood orange, burrata and cinnamon-cashew salad with mulled wine glaze

A wintry blood orange and burrata salad gets a festive spin with a spiced mulled wine dressing.The bitter chicory is...

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Sauerkraut-stuffed duck with roast apples and mulled wine gravy

Duck recipes

Sauerkraut-stuffed duck with roast apples and mulled wine gravy

This festive roast duck sings with mulled wine flavours. A cinnamon, clove, star anise and nutmeg rub spices the duck’s...

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Cured trout tartare with apple and nori

Trout recipes

Cured trout tartare with apple and nori

Cured trout tartare is a simple, relatively effortless starter. Curing your own trout might sound daunting, but all it takes...

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Pot-roast guinea fowl with chestnuts and spiced gravy

Chestnut recipes

Pot-roast guinea fowl with chestnuts and spiced gravy

Guinea fowl is perfect for pot braising, a method ideal for keeping this lean bird moist and tender. The heady...

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Garlic butter sprouts

Brussels sprouts recipes

Garlic butter sprouts

Sprouts can still divide the dinner table at Christmas but, as with many things in life, a hefty helping of...

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Root veg in blankets

Christmas recipes for four

Root veg in blankets

Using an apple corer to cut out neat cylinders of celeriac is the key to giving these sweet, earthy bites...

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Mulled wine carrots with crispy sage breadcrumbs

Christmas trimmings, sides and sauces

Mulled wine carrots with crispy sage breadcrumbs

Carrots can sometimes fall by the wayside in the Christmas sides hierarchy; give them the attention they deserve by braising...

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Marinated goat’s cheese salad

Christmas starter recipes

Marinated goat’s cheese salad

Infusing creamy, soft goat’s cheese with aromatic fennel seeds, rosemary and chilli is a simple way to turn an already...

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Brioche and thyme butter-stuffed chicken crown

Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Brioche and thyme butter-stuffed chicken crown

A top-quality chicken makes a great alternative to turkey for a small Christmas gathering. It’s cheaper and less prone to...

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Roast turbot with leeks, tarragon and riesling

Easy whole fish recipes

Roast turbot with leeks, tarragon and riesling

Celebrate Christmas or a special family gathering with roast turbot. Mitch Tonk’s whole fish is incredibly quick to cook and...

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Crab cakes with katsu curry sauce

Crab recipes

Crab cakes with katsu curry sauce

James Martin shares his crab cakes recipe. Serve the crisp crab cakes on a bed of golden katsu curry sauce...

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