William James Cellars Herb and Spice Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Spiced with herbs and mustard, Cornish Game Hens are tender and succulent.

Servings: 4

Cook Time: 1 1/2 hour

Pair With: The "Blonde and Beautiful" William James Cellars Chardonnay

Source: Recipe courtesy Robin Bogue--owner William James Cellars; photo by Tama Takahashi.

INGREDIENTS

4 Cornish Game Hens, guts removed

4 whole cloves garlic, peeled

2 large shallots, peeled and quartered

4 large sprigs fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 1/2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard

2 teaspoons fines herbes (French mixture of chervil, chives, parsley and tarragon available in herb sections of supermarkets)

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place game hens in a large baking dish.  Place 1 clove garlic, several pieces of shallot and 1 rosemary sprig into the cavity of each game hen.  Rub 1/2 teaspoon salt into the cavity of the hens. In a small bowl, combine mustards, fines herbes, paprika, fennel seed, pepper, red pepper flakes and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and whisk thoroughly.  Coat game hens thoroughly with mixture.

Place in oven and roast 1 1/4 hours, or until juices run clear.  Remove from oven and serve.

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Chef's Notes:

Editor's Note: I used 1 teaspoon crushed mustard seeds 1 teaspoon water for the "1 1/2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard" in the recipe and roasted the hens to an internal temperature of 170 degrees. They were delicious; they were served with roasted red potatoes and spinach.

 

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Recipe Courtesy Of

William James Cellars

Robin Bogue, founder of William James Cellars, puts a lot of energy into getting wines the attention they deserve.