French - Style Pot Roasted Rock Cornish Game Hens
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An incredibly simple dish that looks and tastes extra special. From "The Cooks Encyclopedia of Chicken" - A"must have for every cookbook shelf.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1⁄2 cup diced lightly smoked bacon
- 2 rock cornish hens, just under 1 pound each
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 baby celery hearts, each cut into 4 pieces
- 8 baby carrots
- 2 small zucchini, cut into chunks
- 8 small new potatoes
- 2 1⁄2 cups chicken stock
- 2⁄3 cup dry white wine
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- fresh herb, to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375°F Heat the olive oil in a large flame-proof casserole and add the onion, garlic and bacon; sauté 5 to 6 minutes, until the onion has softened.
- Brush the hens with a little melted butter and season well.
- Lay the hens on top of the onion mixture and place the other vegetables around hens. Add the chicken stock, wine and herbs.
- Cover and bake for 20 minutes, then remove the lid and brush with the remaining melted butter; bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, until golden.
- Transfer the hens to a warmed serving platter and cut each in half with poultry shears.
- Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and arrange them around the hens. Cover with foil and keep warm.
- Discard the herbs from the pan juices. In a small bowl mix the butter and flour to form a paste. Bring the liquid in the pan to a boil and then whisk in teaspoonfuls of the paste until thickened.
- Season the sauce and serve with the Rock Cornish hens and vegetables, garnished with fresh herbs.
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This was simple to prepare and very tasty. My cooking time was a bit longer than posted most likely due to the fact that I was using a stoneware roasting pan. I also browned the tops of the hens under the broiler for several minutes to crisp them up a bit while I prepared the sauce. I rarely serve Cornish Hens as they usually quite labour intensive. Not so here. This would be an ideal choice for a weekend dinner party with friends.Reply