Quail or Partridge or Rock Cornish Hens With Raspberry Sauce
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- 12 6 partridges or 3 rock cornish hens
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄4 cup vinegar, preferably raspberry vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup brandy
- 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen raspberries, thawed (reserve juice)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
RICH BROWN STOCK (use 1/2 cup)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 small carrot, chopped
- 1 small onion, copped
- 1 small garlic clove, chopped
- 1 (10 ounce) can beef bouillon, undiluted
- 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
- 1 sprig fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- salt and pepper
- Prepare Rich Brown Stock: In a heavy saucepan, melt butter and stir in carrot, onion and garlic; cook over medium low heat until soft.
- Add bouillon, celery and herbs and simmer, uncovered, until stock is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 1 to 2 hours. Skim surface to remove foam as necessary. Season with salt and pepper to taste and strain through a sieve. Makes 1/2 cup.
- Truss birds with string to hold wings and legs close to the body.
- In a heavy frypan, melt butter and sauté birds over medium high heat until browned on all sides. Place birds in a large casserole dish.
- Pour off butter from frypan and add vinegar and brandy to pan; bring to a boil and stir to scrape up brown bits from bottom; add juice from raspberries and boil until reduce by half. Add Rich Brown Stock and simmer sauce for 2 minutes. (Recipe may be prepared in advance to this point.).
- Pour 1/2 cup hot sauce over birds. Cook, covered, in 375°F oven for 35 minutes (50 minutes for Cornish hens).
- Stir cornstarch and water mixture into remaining hot raspberry sauce, bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Just before serving, stir in raspberries. Use quail cooking juices to thin syrup if necessary.
- Remove string from birds (cut Cornish hens in half) and arrange on a hot serving platter on top of a bed of Saffron rice with Currants. Ladle sauce over birds until glazed and pass remaining sauce separately. Makes 6 servings. For Saffron Rice with Currants and Snow Peas go to search for the recipe.
- Canadian Living the Merry Christmas Cookbook Special.
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