WARNING: Under no circumstances should this dish be prepared for consumption during the first month of dating, or when first meeting the parents of your significant other.
What could be more gluttonously carnivorous than feasting on the perfectly roasted carcass of an entire animal? Certainly not a meal for the faint of heart, or for anyone who has been considering becoming a vegetarian, these delicious birds had our hands and faces covered in juicy yumminess. We started with the best of intentions – napkins on laps, proper utensils in place, the DVR set and cued for American Idol – but somewhere between Mindy Doo shrugging her shoulders and Sanjaya’s hair we found ourselves bone-slurping and elbow-in to these tasty treats…and to think, it had all started as a veggie fake out.
Kitty’s Stuffed Cornish Game Hens
2 small cornish game hens (fresh if available)
1 large carrot, peeled & diced
½ onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
handful of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
juice & zest of ½ large lemon
good olive oil
kosher salt & black pepper
1) Preheat oven to 400F. Take hens out of fridge to take the chill off while you prepare the stuffing.
2) In large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
3) Stuff each bird to capacity, then tuck the wings under the bird, and tie the legs together to hold the stuffing in the cavity.
4) Generously coat the birds with salt and pepper. Rub olive oil all over the hens.
5) Cook on a roasting rack for 45 mins – 1 hour. Hens are done when juices run clear between thigh and leg.
Stuffing these little guys with lemon and veggies made for deliciously moist meat. The skin browned and crisped beautifully, and the veggie stuffing was wonderful when mixed with the brown rice pilaf I had made as a side…but did my husband eat the veggies? Well, he did manage a few forkfuls mixed with the rice, but I am afraid that the vegetables still retained a crispness and texture that he couldn’t quite handle. Don’t get me wrong, I thought they were terrific, but since this dish was intended as a veggie fake out, I probably should have started out by sauteeing the veggies before stuffing them in the bird.
Well, I certainly meant well, but even I have to admit when a veggie fake out doesn’t quite go as planned. Even though it made for a scrumptious meal, on our official broccoli head rating scale, I give this recipe 2 out of 10 heads of broccoli.