Cornish Game Hens with Cranberry Gravy Recipe

Cornish Game Hens with Cranberry Gravy Recipes

Ingredients :

8 frozen Cornish game hens, thawed

salt and pepper

bay leaves

garlic cloves

8 whole cloves

8 small thin slices onion

4 slices lemon

8 small sprigs celery leaves

8 sprigs parsley

4 slices bacon

2 large onions, quartered

3 cups chicken stock

1/4 cup dry vermouth

3/4 cup water

1/3 cup white vinegar

6 whole cloves

1 stick cinnamon, broken up

14-oz can whole cranberry sauce

1/4 cup cold water

2 tbsp cornstarch

Method :

Heat oven to 450F (230C). Have ready a large shallow roasting pan big enough to hold the 8 birds with a little space between. Wash Cornish hens and dry well inside and out with paper towelling. Sprinkle inside of each with salt and pepper. Add a small piece of bay leaf, a sliver of garlic, a clove, a slice of onion, half a slice of lemon, a sprig of celery leaves and a sprig of parsley to the inside of each bird. Tie legs and wings close to bodies and set birds in lightly oiled roasting pan. Lay a half strip of bacon over the breast of each bird. Add onion quarters, giblets, chicken stock and vermouth to the pan.

Roast 15 minutes, at 450F (230C). Turn heat to 350F (175C) and continue roasting until the birds are tender, about 45 minutes. Baste occasionally and remove bacon for last 15 minutes cooking. Heat 3/4 cup water, vinegar, 6 cloves and cinnamon in a saucepan until boiling white birds are cooking. Turn down heat and simmer 10 minutes. Strain and return liquid to saucepan. Add cranberry sauce and heat and stir until blended. Set aside for gravy.

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