Gian Campanella's Oven Roasted Rock Hens

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Last week I saw Gian Campanella prepare this dish on "Ciao Italia" and it looked so good, I printed off the recipe from their website as soon as the show was over. I took advantage of a special on rock hens at my grocer this week. This dish looks and smells as wonderful as it tastes - in fact, my finished dish looked just like Gian's!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix the flour with salt and pepper in a plastic bag.
  3. Place each piece of game hen in the bag and shake to coat.
  4. Remove the hens from the bag and shake off the excess flour; set aside.
  5. Place a large roasting pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and carefully place the hens into the pan.
  6. Sear them on both sides until golden brown.
  7. Remove and place on a dish; set aside.
  8. To the hot pan add the onion and cook until it begins to turn brown.
  9. Shut off the heat and add the wine, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Place the seared hens on top and cover.
  11. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  12. Note: For a little extra zip, add 1/4 cup capers and 1/4 cup kalamata olives when you add the tomatoes.

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