I know… it’s tempting to go to the store to get just the thing to make this holiday dinner special.
Fight that urge.
Make do with what you have.
Catching the COVID-19 virus and infecting your family with it is not the best of ideas.
Good health is the best gift you could give yourself and your loved ones.
It’s almost guaranteed that you have more on your shelves that the stores do.
Shop your shelves. Please.
This easy recipe will give you moist and tender hens with a nice spicy flavour.
This is a recipe for two.
If you're a family of four, or more, just increase as needed.
If you want to make a complete meal in a pan you can do this:
2 peeled carrots
1 celery stalk
1 yellow onion
Spread out the vegetables in the bottom of the greased pan and season with
1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Place the hens on top of the vegetables and continue following the recipe.
If you found a chicken instead of cornish hens in your freezer you can make the same recipe, but roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Roasted Cornish Hens
2 cornish hens
Combine in a smal bowl
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
2 Tablespoons dried parsley
About 4 hours before you wish to to roast the thawed hens, pat them completely dry, both inside and out.
Place the two cornish hens in a greased pan.
Rub olive oil lightly over them.
Sprinkle the spice mixture generously over the hens and inside them as well.
Cover, refrigerate and let marinate for at least 3 hours for maximum flavour.
Preheat oven to 450º F
Have on hand
1 Tablespoon butter, divided into 2 pieces
Run your fingers under the skin of the hens' breasts to loosen them.
Place a piece of butter under the skin of each hen.
Sprinkle on more parsley.
Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, depending on the size of hens.
Let the hens rest for 15 minutes before serving.
Since we won't be socializing in crowds for a while here are a few menu planning ideas:
Chicken Recipes for 2
Meat Recipes for 2