Friday, March 30, 2012

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

The last dish on our Hunger Games menu are these delicious Cornish game hens. They were actually very easy to make and turned out moist and flavorful. The hens went perfectly with mashed potatoes and carrots. Be generous with the seasonings, and make sure to get the underside! 

Luke and I had a lot of fun putting this meal together before seeing the movie. I hope you all are inspired to read the books and see the movie! Happy Hunger Games!

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 24 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, for garnish


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Rub hens with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig rosemary in cavity of each hen. Arrange in a large, heavy roasting pan, and arrange garlic cloves around hens. Roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together wine, chicken broth, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil; pour over hens. Continue roasting about 25 minutes longer, or until hens are golden brown. Baste with pan juices every 10 minutes.
Transfer hens to a platter. Transfer pan juices and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan and boil until liquids reduce to a sauce consistency, about 6 minutes. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, and serve.

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