• Cornish Game Hens With Garlic And Rosemary

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Cornish Game Hens With Garlic And Rosemary


Bon Appétit, February 1996


Active time: 45 min Start to finish: 45 min


Serves 4.

4 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-pound Cornish game hens, giblets removed
1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
4 large fresh rosemary sprigs
3 tbsps olive oil
24 garlic cloves, peeled
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
Additional rosemary sprigs

Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Preheat oven to 450F. Pat hens dry with paper towels. Season cavities lightly with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 rosemary sprig in cavity of each hen. Rub hens with 1 tablespoon oil. Season outside of hens lightly with salt and pepper. Arrange in heavy large roasting pan. Scatter garlic around hens.
Step 2 Roast hens 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350аF. Pour wine, broth and remaining 2 tablespoons oil over hens. Continue roasting until hens are golden brown and juices run clear when thigh is pierced at thickest part, basting every 10 minutes with pan juices, about 25 minutes longer.
Step 3 Transfer hens to platter, pouring any juices from cavity into roasting pan. Tent hens with foil to keep warm. Transfer pan juices and garlic to heavy medium saucepan. Boil until reduced to sauce consistency, about 6 minutes.
Step 4 Cut hens in half lengthwise. Arrange on plates. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with additional rosemary sprigs and serve.