Rock Cornish Game Hens

These meat hens are processed at 1  1/2 lbs.  Each is an individual serving.  Recipe is for 2 people.

4 carrots peeled and evenly chopped

4 celery stalks (coarsely chopped)

1 yellow onion sliced

5 sprigs rosemary

3 cloves minced garlic (optional)

2 Cornish Game Hens (thawed, rinsed and patted dry inside and out)

Olive oil

1 Tbsp Sea Salt

1 Tbsp Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Garlic Powder

2 tsp Smoked Paprika

2-3 Tbsp Parsley

2 Tbsp Butter sliced

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Spread chopped vegetables and rosemary in bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.

3. Rub olive oil lightly over hens and set aside.

4. In a bowl mix together spices.  Sprinkle generously over hens, being sure to season the inside cavity as well. (To maximize the flavor, double the spices and let marinate for 3 hours.)

5. Place hens on top of bed of vegetables.

6. Run your fingers under the skin to loosen it.  Place a slice of butter under the skin of each hen.  Tie the legs together with string or foil.

7. Bake for 50-60 minutes.  Let hens rest 15 minutes before serving.

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