Friday, August 23, 2013

Cornish Game Hens with red potatoes and gravy

Sounds good right? I finally made those hens in the oven and they were delicious. Way easier then anything I have made so far. They just cook for a long time. My husband made the mashed potatoes, they are always super good when he does them.

I will update with the recipe here later tonight. In the mean time, if you have Cornish Game Hens, a lemon and some butter you can make this.

I even saved the bones to try and make my own chicken stock! That is the plan this weekend.


Lemon Basil Cornish Game Hens Prep Time: 5min Cook Time: 1 hour or until 170F inside
2 Cornish game hens (rinse and patted dry, pull any remaining feather bits off)
pinch of salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of butter (melted)
1 lemon, halved
4 sprigs fresh rosemary or basil leaves
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup of Better than Bouillon or chicken broth

1. Turn the oven on bake at 350F with the oven rack on the lower of the middle rungs. Use a 9x13 casserole pan or a roasting pan. Rub the outside of the chicken with the lemon and then brush melted button on top. 
2. Place the lemon halves, basil or rosemary leaves, and clove of garlic into the cavity of each chicken. 
3 Place breast side up into the cooking pan and put into the oven for 35min
4. Brush more melted butter ontop of the chicken and then pour the 1/3cup of chicken broth and olive oil with any remaining butter into the bottom of the pan. Cook for another 25min, brush the liquid in the bottom of the pan over the top of the chicken one more time during this second phase of cooking. 
5. Turn the oven to 400F for 5-10min if you want the tops of your chicken to brown. 
6. Check the temp of the chicken, if at 170F take out and serve, easiest by cutting the chicken in half down the middle. If not at 170F yet, place back into the oven for another 5-10min.
7. If you want to make gravy out of the drippings you can pour the liquid from the bottom of the cooking pan into a sauce pan on medium heat and add a bit of flour to thicken while whisking. 

The hens turned out super good and I saved the bones to try making my own chicken stock to store in the freezer. I will try another recipe with them again. There are lots of other toppings and sauces to serve and cook them in. 

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