Brick Cornish Game Hen

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Brick Cornish Game Hen

This is the perfect romantic dinner for two!  You can use this same recipe with chicken but the Cornish game hen makes a great dish and it looks adorable.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cornish game hens
  • 1 lemon peel, grated
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Directions

  1. Using kitchen shears, cut along both sides of the backbone of the hen; remove the backbone and discard. Using a sharp chefs knife, split the hen in half through the breast bone. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl add your grated lemon peel, parsley, and rosemary. Grate lemon peel and place peel in a small bowl. Add parsley, steak seasoning and garlic; mix well. Loosen skin on chicken and rub seasonings under and on skin. Brush hen halves with 2 tablespoons olive oil.

  3. Preheat oven to 400° F. Heat remaining olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Place hen halves in skillet, skin side up. Cook until well-browned, about 5 minutes. Turn the hen halves over. Place 1-2 clean foil-wrapped bricks on top of the hen. Bake for 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 180° F.

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