Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary


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Cornish hens can be an elegant dinner option for non-meat eaters and game lovers. This recipe is quite simple, yet flavorful. If you don't need 4 hens, the recipe is easily adjustable. Impressive and delicious.

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  • 4 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-lb. Cornish game hens, giblets removed
  • 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
  • 4 large fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 24 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/3 C. dry white wine
  • 1/3 C. canned low-salt chicken broth
  • Additional rosemary sprigs (for garnish)

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pat hens dry with paper towels. Season cavities lightly with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 rosemary sprig in cavity of each hen. Rub hens with 1 Tbs. oil. Season outside of hens lightly with salt and pepper. Arrange in heavy large roasting pan. Scatter garlic around hens.

Roast hens 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Pour wine, broth and remaining 2 Tbs. oil over hens. Continue roasting until hens are golden brown and juices run clear when thigh is pierced at thickest part, basting every 10 minutes with pan juices, about 25 minutes longer.

Transfer hens to platter, pouring any juices from cavity into roasting pan. Tent hens with foil to keep warm. Transfer pan juices and garlic to heavy medium saucepan. Boil until reduced to sauce consistency, about 6 minutes.

Cut hens in half lengthwise. Arrange on plates. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with additional rosemary sprigs and serve.

Yield: 4-6 servings

From: Bon App├ętit, February 1996

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