For Mother’s day I wanted a simple yet elegant meal but didn’t want to spend a lot of my time cooking. One thing is for sure, I always want great tasting food! There are many things about food/cooking that I am in love with, one of them is how special it can make us feel, besides being tasty! Roasted Cornish Game Hens is a perfect recipe to make!
There’s just something fun about having you own whole little hen, it’s all yours.
You get a bit of white meat, a bit of dark and a whole lot of bones to pick on. My obsession of picking meat bones began with my Mama! She would sit after the meal and pick off the meat left on the bones. She seemed to enjoy it so much that I started to do the same.
I never pick my bones (LOL) during the meal, I set them off to the side and start picking after my meal is done! Honestly, it makes me happy, and let’s face it, the best tasting meat is on the bone! So pick away!
TIP: save all your chicken bones in a large bag in the freezer until you get 6-7 pounds. Use them to make chicken stock because chicken bones make the best stock! If you ever find any chicken feet add them to the stock because they’ll send the stock over the top!
Do You Know the difference between Baking and Roasting?
Roasting refers to cooking food that has a solid structure, like any type of meat or vegetables, no matter the temperature of the oven, you’ll roast it. Roasting is typically 400° and higher.
Baking is cooking food that doesn’t already have a solid structure, but will after it’s cooked, like muffins, cake, bread and casseroles, the proper method is baking on a temperature 375° or lelss.
So you never bake meat or vegetables, you roast them. Baking is meant for breads and casseroles type dishes! at 375° or lower.
Roasting the cornish hens require very little prep time allowing me free time for something else…ah more garden time. Pop some potatoes in the oven, and roast some vegetables and add a nice salad and you’ll have a very nice dinner.
After rinsing the hens inside and out with cold water, pat dry. Stuff cavity with some fresh lemon, thyme and a clove of garlic each. Sprinkle a good paprika on top. Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 house in a 400° oven.
Once done, let rest for at least 15 minutes, during this time slide you veggies in the oven, (sprinkle olive oil, salt and pepper on top, mix) second position from top and roast till done. Broccoli about 10 minutes, cauliflower about 15 minutes, carrots about 20 minutes.
Today’s Blogiversary GIVEAWAY is a pair of two Spring Pillow covers (pillow not included)!
The material has several pretty birds on it..
It’s finally stopped raining and I’m headed outside to play in the garden!
Roasted Rock Cornish Hens
Preheat oven to 400°.
Rinse, under cold running water, inside and outside of hens. Pat dry.
Sprinkle inside of cavity with kosher salt and pepper, add 1/2 fresh lemon squeezing it a bit, fresh thyme or rosemary, a peeled garlic clove.
Sprinkle 1 Tbps of KOSHER salt and fresh pepper to taste. Sprinkle a good paprika on top.
Roast for 1 hour to 1 1/4 hours. Let rest for at least 15 minutes to let juices redistribute.