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The holidays is a time when I like to make a meal that is more special for my family. There are times I have the time to make a big ham or turkey but I often need something that won’t take as much time. Because it is a holiday meal it must be delicious, it must be beautiful (we eat with our eyes first) and it must be a meal that doesn’t take forever to make. This time of year can be so busy! So I need something that I can prep and cook in no time but also looks gourmet. This Roasted Cornish Hens recipe is exaclty that!
Roasted Cornish Hens with Vegetables
Don’t let the name Cornish Hens scare you. You make think it is out of your comfort zone to cook with but it is super easy! They usually come in a single pack or double pack but each hen is individually packaged to make our lives easier. I love these little cornish hens! They are the perfect size for my family.
Here is what you will need for this recipe:
- 2 Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens (they are frozen so they will need 24-48 hours to thaw in the fridge)
- Olive Oil
- 1 to 2 pounds Potatoes (washed and cut in half) – I used some red potatoes and some fingerling potatoes
- 1 Pound Asparagus (washed, end snapped off and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces)
- 1 cup Baby Carrots
- 15 Pearl Onions (peeled) – if you want to save time you can usually find frozen pearl onions
- 4 cloves Garlic (peeled)
- 1 Tbsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- a couple fresh sprigs of Thyme and Sage
This serves 4 people. I plan on 2 people/1 hen.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. I used a big bakig sheet and drizzled olive oil onto it. Onto the baking I added my potatoes, baby carrots, asparagus, pearl onions and garlic cloves. I sprinkled the vegetables with salt and pepper and then tossed everything around until everything was coated with the olive oil and seasonings.
Set that aside and prepare your cornish hens. I love that the cornish hens are 100% all natural, they have no artificial ingredients or preservatives and no added hormones or steroids. So I feel good feeding them to my family.
First wash and dry the hens with a paper towel. I like to butterfly them to make them cook quicker. The official term for this is “spatchcock” – I was surprised at how easy it was to do this. First you place the hen backside up and cut along both sides of the backbone so the cornish hen can open up like a book. I used kitchen sheers to do this. Now place breast side up and press down on the breastbone so it flattens. If you want to cut out the breastbone with your kitchen shears you can.
I then easily cut them in half. Once the cornish hens are butterflied I rub them all over with olive oil. Then I mix up the 1/2 Tbsp salt, 1 tsp. black pepper and 1 tsp garlic powder and rub that onto the hens.
Put the Cornish Hens on the baking tray. I just move the vegetables and clear a spot for the cornish hens.
Add on some springs of fresh Thyme and sage. Now it is time to put in the oven. Cook in the oven at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or until the hens register 165 degrees with a meat themometor. When mine were ready the skins were not as browned as I wanted so I turned on my broiler for about 2 minutes. I just kept a good watch on the oven and when they were the color I wanted I pulled them out.
This smelled amazing while it was cooking and I couldn’t wait to try everything! The Cornish Hens were so flavorful and juicy. The vegetables were tender and tasted amazing! Everything looks so pretty together and is the perfect holiday meal!
Remove the sprigs of thyme and sage. Serve with a nice salad and fancy breadstick and you have a meal that looks gourmet! Everyone will think you slaved in the kitchen all day for this delicious feast – but we will keep that little secret between us! This is the perfect dish not just for Thanksgiving or Christmas but anytime you want to make a special meal for your family.
I was able to get everything I needed for this recipe from Smiths. They had all of the wonderful vegetables I needed and the Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens are located with the frozen meats.
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