Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hen

Cornish Game Hen
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Thanksgiving is just a few days away…have you planned your menu?  If you’re like most people, you will be serving turkey.  However, if it’s only you this holiday season or just a couple of people at your table, even the smallest turkey may be too much.  If you have a small party or just want to mix things up a bit, serving Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hen is a simple yet elegant alternative to a giant turkey.  The herb-butter give these little birds a bright and herbaceous taste while keeping the meat moist and flavorful.  In fact, within just a few minutes of putting these hens in the oven, a wonderfully savory smell will delight both you and your guests.  Likewise, they are incredibly quick and easy to make – a great holiday meal can’t get much better than that!

 

Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hen

Serving Size: 2

Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hen

Impress your guests with this Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hen recipe. The herb-butter give these little birds a bright and herbaceous taste while keeping the meat moist and flavorful.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cornish Game Hens
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, stems removed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 Tbs butter, softened
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Remove the giblets and pat the hens dry.
  3. In a food processor, combine the herbs, garlic, lemon, butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until fully incorporated.
  4. Using your fingers, carefully separate the skin from the breasts. Place a tablespoon of the herb-butter mixture over the breasts and rub to spread.
  5. Using kitchen twine, tie up the hens legs and tail; then tie the wings to the body. Rub the remaining herb-butter mixture over the birds.
  6. Place the hens on a baking sheet, breast side up, and cook for 50 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  7. Transfer the hens to a platter and tent with aluminum foil for 15 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve the Cornish Game Hens whole.
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Remove the Giblets and Pat the Hens Dry:

DryHens

 

Combine the Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Garlic, Lemon, Butter, Salt, and Pepper in a Food Processor: 

HerbPrep

 

Combine the Ingredients to Create an Herb-Butter:

BlendedHerbs

 

Place the Herb-Butter Under the Skin of the Hens:

HerbButterSkin

 

Smooth the Remaining Butter Over the Birds:

ButteredBirds

 

Tie Up the Hens Legs and Tail:

TyingBird

 

Tie the Wings to the Hens Body:

TyingWings

 

Place the Hens on a Baking Sheet and Roast in the Oven:

2HensTied

 

Serve the Cornish Game Hens Whole:

2CornishHens

 

 

CornishHen

 

HERB-ROASTED CORNISH GAME HEN INGREDIENTS:  serves 2

2 Cornish Game Hens

2 sprigs fresh rosemary, stems removed

4 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed

1/4 cup fresh parsley

4 cloves garlic

1 lemon, juiced

4 Tbs butter, softened

salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Remove the giblets and pat the hens dry.
  3. In a food processor, combine the herbs, garlic, lemon, butter, and salt and pepper to taste.  Blend until fully incorporated.
  4. Using your fingers, carefully separate the skin from the breasts.  Place a tablespoon of the herb-butter mixture over the breasts and rub to spread.
  5. Using kitchen twine, tie up the hens legs and tail; then tie the wings to the body.  Rub the remaining herb-butter mixture over the birds.
  6. Place the hens on a baking sheet, breast side up,  and cook for 50 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  7. Transfer the hens to a platter and tent with aluminum foil for 15 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve the Cornish Game Hens whole.