Deep-Fried Cornish Game Hens

Recipe by Tina in Ohio
READY IN:
SERVES: 2-4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    (3/4 lb) Cornish hens
  • to taste vegetable shortening (for deep-frying)
  • to taste oil (for deep-frying)
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper, freshly ground
  • to taste lemon, wedges (for serving)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Don't fill your stockpot more than half full with shortening/oil, to allow for the inevitable boiling up when the hens are added.
  • Also, be sure the hens are at room temperature so the fat temperature doesn't drop dramatically from the shock of an ice-cold bird.
  • Rinse the hens and pat completely dry, inside and out, with paper towels. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place a large wire cake rack over a jelly roll pan/cookie sheet.
  • In a stockpot, melt vegetable shortening over high heat to a depth of 2 to 3 inches and heat it to 375 degrees F.
  • Carefully put 1 Cornish hen in the hot shortening. Deep fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown.
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