Friday, June 24, 2011

Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

Good evening bloggers! Tonight is one of those nights where our hunger is almost unbearable. I know it is for me at least. I searched and searched for something other than chicken or turkey. What I found made my mouth salivate. I know for a fact that we have not had something like this on EMEF yet. We will be working with... drum roll please? Cornish Hen! With that being said, let's meet in the kitchen and make a delicious meal!

Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Ready? Great!

  1. Combine the salt and cayenne. 
  2. Rub a third of the mixture inside hens. 
  3. Brush 1 tablespoon butter over hens, then sprinkle with remaining seasoning mixture. 
  4. Place on a rack in a shallow baking pan.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 
  6. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the preserves, honey, onion, nutmeg and remaining butter. 
  7. Cook and stir until preserves are melted, then brush it over the hens. 
  8. Bake 35 to 40 minutes longer or until golden brown and a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees. 
  9. Cover and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

I hope you all have a wonderful night. Enjoy the cornish hen with your family, then finish off the meal with a night red wine. Or if it suits you better, a nice family-oriented movie with the kids. I'll see you all tomorrow. Happy blogging!