To stay within the poultry field of foods for Christmas, why not try a roasted duck, or Cornish hen? These types of poultry are not large like turkeys, but they are big enough to serve two people. The Cornish hen is the smaller version of a whole chicken. It can be stuffed and baked just like a turkey, however the cooking time will be greatly reduced.
Here is a great Cornish hen recipe:
Cornish Hen w/ Honey Dijon Glaze
1/2 head of garlic finely minced
2 ounces of honey
1 1/4 ounce of dijon mustard
1 ounce of butter
1/4 ounce of chopped thyme
2 cornish hens
3 – 4 sprigs of parsley and thyme
Preheat oven to 350 F. Divide chopped garlic in half, reserve half for the seasoning of the hens. Place the other half of garlic in a small sauce pan along with the butter, honey, and mustard and simmer over low heat until it thickens slightly. Remove from heat and set aside.
Rinse hens. Then season Cornish hens with with pepper, salt, the chopped garlic and any other seasonings that you may prefer, both inside and outside. Truss hens and place on a roasting pan with rack. Place in the oven and roast. Every 10-15 minutes baste the hens with the prepared glaze during the cooking process. Roast for approximately 45 minutes to an hour or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.