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Cornish Game Hens

You have to admit, you love things that are personal

 Your initials printed on a notepad, your name on a keychain, a pizza that is personally yours…

Where am I going with this?

Your own personal little bird.  A Cornish Game Hen to be exact

You don’t have to share a leg or wing with anyone because they’re both yours!

Great thing about this recipe is that it’s another one of our ‘all-in-one-pan’ kind of things

We’re going to cook the birds atop a layer of potatoes and while they rest after roasting, toss in some fresh green beans and cook a bit more so we have a complete dinner

Game hens usually come packaged individually and vary in weight – these were about 2 pounds a piece

Remove the hens from packaging, pat dry with paper towels and pull out any innards that may be included

Measure out one tablespoon each of basil and oregano & one teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and kosher salt

You’ll also need fresh garlic cloves and olive oil

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Slice 2 pounds of washed red potatoes into thick rounds and place in large ovenproof pan that has been drizzled with olive oil

Place 2 garlic cloves and a healthy pinch of the spices inside each hen cavity

Arrange the birds over the potatoes and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining spices

These birds are ready to rock and roll

Roast for 25 minutes in a 400 degree oven

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After 25 minutes, pour in one cup of white wine such as a sauvingnon blanc, and lower the oven temp to 375 for another 45 minutes

While the birds are roasting, let’s get the green beans prepped

I’m using one pound of rinsed green beans with the ends trimmed off

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When the hens reach 170 degrees in temperature, remove to serving dish and cover with foil

Add some kosher salt and black pepper to the potatoes in the pan and mix in the green beans

Cook for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees tossing once or twice until the green beans are cooked but still crisp and the potatoes are nicely browned

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Re-season the potatoes and green beans if necessary and top with fresh basil if desired

Serve each hen over a bed of the vegetables and enjoy your personal bird!

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Enjoy!

Cornish Game Hens

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

4 –  2 pound each Cornish Game Hens

1 tablespoon basil

1 tablespoon oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1+ teaspoon black pepper

1+ teaspoon kosher salt

8 fresh garlic cloves

olive oil

2 pounds of red potatoes

1 cup of white wine (such as a sauvingnon blanc)

1 pound of green beans

Fresh basil, if desired

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Remove the hens from packaging, pat dry with paper towels and pull out any innards that may be included

Measure out one tablespoon each of basil and oregano & one teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and kosher salt; peel 8 fresh garlic cloves

Slice 2 pounds of washed red potatoes into thick rounds and place in large ovenproof pan that has been drizzled with olive oil

Place 2 garlic cloves and a healthy pinch of the spices inside each hen cavity; arrange the birds over the potatoes and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining spices

Roast for 25 minutes in a 400 degree oven

After 25 minutes, pour in one cup of white wine such as a sauvingnon blanc, and lower the oven temp to 375 for another 45 minutes; when the hens reach 170 degrees in temperature, remove to serving dish and cover with foil

Rinse and trim one pound of green beans; add a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper to the potatoes in the pan and mix in the green beans

Cook for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees tossing once or twice until the green beans are cooked but still crisp and the potatoes are nicely browned

Re-season the potatoes and green beans if necessary and top with fresh basil, if desired

Serve each hen over a bed of the vegetables

4 comments on “Cornish Game Hens

  1. Pingback: Cornish Game Hens – Simply Sundays!

  2. I’m hungry now!! It looks so delicious!

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