Apple Rosemary Cornish Game Hens

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Have a guest coming over for dinner? Try making this elegant feast. The pairing of the cranberry-apple sauce with the chicken is to die for. Try serving it with green beans or asparagus for a complete meal. 

Apple Rosemary Cornish Game Hens

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Yields: 2 people

Ingredients: 

1 1-3/4 lb. Cornish game hen, halved lengthwise
2-3 apples, peeled and diced
1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup apple juice or cider
2 teaspoons curry
2 twigs fresh rosemary, left whole
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. To create sauce, combine the apples, cranberries, maple syrup, apple juice, curry and rosemary twigs in a saucepan over medium-high. Stir frequently, blending all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Decrease the heat to low, cover the saucepan and simmer, stirring frequently, until the apple pieces are very soft and berries have broken open and released their juices. This will take about 8-10 minutes.
  4. To prepare the hen: Rinse the hen halves and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the hen halves with rosemary twigs underneath, skin side up, on a foil covered baking sheet. Cover each hen half with sauce, coating generously.
  5. Roast the hen halves until golden and their juices run clear, about 25 minutes.
  6. Add juice from roasting to sauce and bring to a boil once again, then reduce and simmer for about 3 minutes, allowing it to thicken.
  7. Transfer hen halves to plates. Serve with sauce and use rosemary twigs as decoration.

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