Cornish Game Hens are one of my go to meals for date night with my husband. These cute little birds are perfect to share, so it's kind of a romantic meal, and they look really pretty on a plate with a fun side. The other night, I surprised Nick with a mini Thanksgiving dinner. We had mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (it's his favorite), and cornbread dressing. Cornish Game Hens are such a great way to create a really fancy feeling meal without breaking the bank, and they really can be served with anything! When it's hot out, they pair well with a light salad or roasted veggies, and when it gets cold outside, they are the perfect comfort meal.
I want to share my all time favorite way to serve these versatile little guys, but keep in mind, there is so much that can be done. So many options! This year for Thanksgiving, thanks to social distancing it's just Nick and I, so I am going to try a cranberry glazed cornish game hen. I will keep you all posted on the outcome. For now though, here is my go to recipe.
- Pre-heat your oven to 425°
- Remove Cornish Game Hens from packaging and pat them dry.
- Cut the lemons into 6 sections, peel and crush the garlic cloves.
- Stuff each cornish game hen with 4 lemon wedges, 2 garlic cloves and at least on sprig of fresh rosemary.
- Rub the outside of the hens with olive oil, then sprinkle salt and pepper over the top. Place the hens on a baking sheet, then into the oven.
- Bake for 45 minutes at 425°, then serve hot with your favorite side.
When I bake my cornish game hens, chickens or any kind of meat really, I like to put a roasting rack on the baking sheet, to keep the bottom from getting soggy. We want that outside skin crispy!! Spritzing olive oil on the skin also helps with crispiness, along with baking at a high heat. Getting a crispy skin is also really important, because it keeps the meat inside really juicy and flavorful. You will all love these! Thanks for cooking with me! I really hope you all enjoy the upcoming holidays in spite of 2020. There are so many ways to find joy in each day, without the typical traditions of the holidays. We will all make it through.