Cornish Hens

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  1. Kirby

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    I picked up two Cornish Hens on sale the other day but have never cooked them before. How do you cook them?
     
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  3. MazdaUK

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    I'm not sure what a cornish hen is:confused3 I've never seen them sold here.

    ETA - its what we call a poussin! (i.e. a young hen only a few weeks old, typically less than 2lb). You can treat it as you would any chicken - roasting time according to weight so for 2lb would be about 1 hour - but wathc out it doesn't get dry (baste or marinade well). There are lots of recipes onlione
     
  4. Kirby

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    Yeah, they are like a small chicken. My husband had asked not too long ago why I never fixed one. I didn't have an answer so when they went on sale two weeks ago, I picked up a pack of two.
     
  5. disneyhand

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    They are very easy to cook. I always roast them, much like I do with a turkey or chicken, except for a shorter amount of time. I'm pretty sure roasting instructions and cooking time are listed on the package.

    I stick them in a 13x9 pan to cook (usually only cook 2 at a time) and usually serve them with rice and vegetables. I have a friend that stuffs hers, but I don't. They really are tasty.
     
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    If you're putting them in a big pan you could oven roast veg at the same time - peel and cut into similar size pieces, toss in a little olive oil and herbs (fresh, chopped best but dried will do;)) and roast for about an hour, turning twice. The hens will probably nestle down nicely with them, or sit on top. Yay for one dish to wash up:yay:
     
  7. snowsnow21

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    why did you buy it but you can't cook it. :wizard: you can have look at Cornish Hen Recipes at about.com
     
  8. Kirby

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    Who said I can't cook it? I just wanted ideas from other people before I took the plunge and did it. I have googled recipes but just wanted to hear others input on how they cooked it.
     
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    Did they turn out OK? I used to get them on special offer when I worked at M&S when I was a teenager, but DH is a bit squeamish about small birds, deer, etc - he likes his meat unidentifiable as a living animal:rotfl:
     
  10. Kirby

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    I'm cooking them next week. Not sure how yet, but I'll figure it out. Just have to remember to set them out to thaw. :laughing:
     
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    We love them.Find them all the time at our supermarcket.Its like cooking quail and about the same taste.Just remember they have little fat,so when backing I put the finest cut of unsmoked bacon on and in the pan.If not they will be very dry.Don't go overboard,A few slices on top and A few in the pan only.I love serving it with wild rice and sautead asparagus,shrooms and onions!!:thumbsup2
     
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    I have roasted them in a dutch oven, like I would a whole chicken. However, they taste better to me with an orange marmalade glaze. I followed a recipe for the glaze online.

    The marmalade makes them taste less gamey to me.
     
  13. disneyhand

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    :confused3 Seems to me this is how you learn to cook something you haven't tried before or learn how to do it a different or better way. I love how easy it is to ask people questions here and get lot's of opinions and suggestions. I am under the impression that is one of this boards purposes.......
     
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    We are all here to help.Evryone got there own fav recipes,but you can take all the posts and do your own..
    Thats why I love the DisBoards!!!:thumbsup2
     
  15. disneyhand

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    Me too!:woohoo:
     
  16. Kirby

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    Update on the Cornish Hens. I cooked them according to package directions and they turned out good. But my husband said that he would just as soon eat regular chicken. :confused3 Oh, well... :laughing:
     
  17. disneyhand

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    Oh well it's always fun trying something new! Now on to the next new recipe experiment :banana:
     

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