Sign up today and save up to 83% on a Hartford Courant digital subscription
Family Fun
Family Fun

Mustard glaze fit for a hen

Cornish game hens are very young chickens that weigh less than 2 pounds. They are not a game bird, so their flavor is very mild. Sweet or savory marinades bring out their tender texture and juicy flavor.

Combining both whole-grain and creamy Dijon-style mustards gives this marinade and glaze an intense flavor. Orange juice and honey add a touch of sweetness.

The hens are easy to prepare. If your guests aren't big eaters, you can cut the hens in half with poultry shears and serve a half to each guest. In that case, it is a good idea to make a few extra halves for those who want seconds.

If you like, add a teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary leaves to the marinade and garnish the hens with a rosemary sprig.

Roasted Cornish hens with orange-honey-mustard glaze

Prep: 10 minutes
Marinate: 2 hours
Cook: 40 minutes
Servings: 12

Note: The recipe may be prepared 4 hours ahead through step 2 and refrigerated. Then hens are also good served cold on a luncheon buffet.

Marinade:
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon finely chopped orange zest
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons each: honey, Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon each: grainy mustard, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, olive oil

Hens:
6 Cornish hens, about 1 1/2 pounds each
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Orange slices

1. Combine marinade ingredients in a nonreactive bowl; taste for seasoning. Carefully separate the skin from the hens. Place the hens in the bowl. Massage the marinade underneath the skin; submerge hens in marinade. Refrigerate, covered, 2 to 4 hours.

2. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove hens from marinade, discarding marinade; place hens in a roasting pan lined with foil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if you like. Roast, basting with the pan juices every 15 minutes, until the hens are golden brown and lightly glazed, 40-45 minutes. Place the hens on a platter or individual serving plates; garnish with orange slices.

Nutrition information:
Per serving: 436 calories, 63% of calories from fat, 30 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 210 mg cholesterol, 3 g carbohydrates, 36 g protein, 176 mg sodium, 0 g fiber.

foods@tribune.com

Copyright © 2015, CT Now
Related Content
  • Photos: Must-try comfort recipes

    Photos: Must-try comfort recipes

    Give your menu a seasonal makeover with delicious autumn ideas. The recipes are perfection made simple so you'll have plenty of time to frolic and play this season. Warning: No biting the screen.

  • Photos: Cupcakes galore

    Photos: Cupcakes galore

    Cupcakes may just be the perfect dessert. The mini treats are perfect for sharing and offer the rich experience of cakes. They come in all flavors and sizes. Cupcakes appeal to child and adults alike. Enjoy an endless gallery of beautiful cupcakes and check out our cupcake recipe archive provided...

  • Pictures: Evil and odd food

    Pictures: Evil and odd food

    Quick! Take a bite out of these treats before they take a bite out of you!!

  • Giant Slide The City Slipping Into Hartford

    Giant Slide The City Slipping Into Hartford

    More than 3,500 people will relive a little bit of their childhoods on a giant scale as they slip and slide for 1,000 feet down Trinity Street in Hartford when Slide the City comes to town Saturday, Aug. 22.

  • A Madison Daycation: A Beach, A Bookstore, A Beautiful Hotel

    A Madison Daycation: A Beach, A Bookstore, A Beautiful Hotel

    Downtown Madison, Connecticut, has the feel of a beach town, though the beach itself is nearly 2 miles away. In addition to shops and restaurants, the town has one of the best independent bookstores in the state and a century-old independent movie theater.

  • Caribbean and Jerk Fest Returns To The Riverfront

    Caribbean and Jerk Fest Returns To The Riverfront

    Jamaican reggae artist Luciano, Barbadian jazz saxophonist Elan Trotman, the music and dance troop Iroko Nuevo and other Caribbean-style performers head to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 1 to 11 p.m. for the 10th annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival.

  • 10 Tips For The Best Summer Runs

    10 Tips For The Best Summer Runs

    Summer is a great time for running in Connecticut — outside of the heat and humidity, the swarms of mosquitoes and flies and the crowds trying to enjoy this short-lived season of sunshine. Besides that, it's great getting a chance to lay down the ear warmers and unearth those tank tops. But once...

  • Sounds Of Mexico Come To Old State House Farmer's Market

    Sounds Of Mexico Come To Old State House Farmer's Market

    The sounds of Mexico, along with dancing, hand-clapping and maraca-shaking, come to the Old State House Farmers Market. Fiesta del Norte, Connecticut's first mariachi band, performs on Friday, July 31, at noon at Connecticut's Old State House, 800 Main St., Hartford.

Comments
Loading
72°