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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cornish Game Hens with Citrus, Herb and Whiskey Glaze



Time is flying.  It's the second Wednesday of the month.  So that means it's time for Blogger C.L.U.E. Society.  Each month we're assigned a fellow blogger.  Then, our task is to find a recipe from that blog that fits the theme of the month.  And, in my case, to NOT make a list of twenty other recipes to try...  I fail that one every time.  My fellow bloggers in the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society are a group of fabulous cooks.  I could pretty much cook my way through any of their blogs.  Lemons and Anchovies was no exception.  I mean, just take a look at her home page:  Lemons and Anchovies.  Don't you want to get up from your nice comfy chair in front of the computer and head to the kitchen and start cooking?  Me too!

This month's theme was grilling.  I finally narrowed my choices to Lemongrass Chicken Salad, Sun Dried Tomato Pizza and Cornish Game Hens with Citrus, Sage and Whiskey Glaze.  Back and forth.  To and fro.  All of them sounded wonderful.  So, you know what decided my choice?  Connie asked for fried sage leaves.  Game hens it was.  

These were so easy to put together and so fabulous!  Thank you Jean :-)  Since Connie's not a fan of polenta, I served these with some leftover white rice from Chinese carryout.  That sounds kind of blah, doesn't it?  Not if you kick it up a few notches with some of Amanda Cohen's herb flavor bombs.  It's a New York Times recipe I've had on my list for several weeks.  I thought it'd go well with the game hens and was right.  But, this post is about the game hens so let's chat about them and about Jean. 

First, Jean.  She live in the San Francisco Bay area.  Like me she collects cookbooks.  And, like me she started blogging to make a dent in her "recipes to try" list.  And, like Connie and me, she and her hubby love to travel.  I have a feeling we'd all have a delightful evening of great food, wine and conversation!  If only she lived a bit closer...  Now, here's a link to the recipe (and drool inducing photo!) on Jean's blog:  Cornish Game Hens with Whiskey Herb Citrus Glaze.

What did I do similarly and what did I do differently?  Let's start with the cooking method.  Jean roasted hers in a cast iron skillet.  I used the grill.  It was a bit too hot so I managed to burn the skin and had to cut the bird in half and cook it cut side down for the balance of the time.  Jean used tangerine jam but I had to settle for orange marmalade.  It looks, however, like we had similar outcomes - a fabulous Cornish game hen! 



 
 
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13 comments:

Stacy Rushton said...

Orange marmalade or tangerine jam, either would work for me! I love Cornish game hens, especially for a small dinner party. And this recipe sounds fancy enough for company!

Rebekah Hills said...

Yummmm!! That looks absolutely delicious. I have yet to try cooking a Cornish game hen, but this recipe looks perfect. I will have to give it a try. :)

The Mom Chef said...

Oh my goodness, my friend! Those look absolutely delicious. Believe it or not, I've never had Cornish hens, but I really want to give them a try. I might have to use this recipe.

Kelli Davidson said...

I love Cornish game hens and would never have thought about grilling them! What a great idea - yum! I have some in the freezer now and think this is how I will make it now.

Kate said...

I love Cornish Game Hens! This sounds like a wonderful glaze and perfect for the grill. Don't you think the game hens always look so cute on the plate? Looks as though I have another CLUE recipe to add to my list!

Liz Berg said...

Oh, boy, that glaze sounds divine, Kate! Great choice. I'd love to try this with bone in chicken breasts for a yummy week night meal :)

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

Isn't this a great recipe? I chose if for a different Blogger's Clue Event. Great minds think alike! :)

Kathy said...

These look amazingly delicious! They would definitely be a winner in my house! Great choice!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

I have never cooked a cornish game hen! Love the combination of Citrus, herbs and of course whiskey - this is a must try! Hope you have a great week!

Lemons and Anchovies said...

Kate, your version looks wonderful! To be honest, I like polenta but I'd prefer rice over it any day, so I love that you made this recipe your own so that you and Connie both would enjoy it.

Thanks so much for your kind comments about my blog--so glad you liked this recipe. Have a wonderful summer!

Wendy Klik said...

Who doesn't like a little char on their chicken? I know I do and the chicken I shared this month was charred as well. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

Lauren Everson said...

Got to love a dish that's easier than it looks!

Anna @annaDishes said...

That glaze sounds amazing! I'd never thought to grill a Cornish Game Hen, I'll have to try it. Great choice!