Citrus-Scented Cornish Hens with Spiced Acorn Squash

Citrus-Scented Cornish Hens with Spiced Acorn Squash

Recipe Rating: 3.58214
Serves 4
Cornish hens glazed with butter, rubbed with fragrant citrus zest and roasted alongside wedges of acorn squash make an appealing main course. If you're preparing Thanksgiving for a small group, consider serving Cornish hens rather than a large turkey. Serve with a simple grain pilaf.
  • Cornish Hens
  • 2 Cornish hens
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Acorn Squash
  • 2 acorn squashes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Preheat the oven to 400° F. Season hens with salt and pepper and rub with butter, sugar, lemon and orange zest. Halve orange. Juice one half and slice other. Stuff each bird with orange juice and orange slices, shallots and rosemary.

Heat a large pan over medium heat. Brown hens on all sides, 6 to 10 minutes.

Prepare acorn squashes by quartering and removing seeds. Place them in a roasting pan and dot with butter, drizzle with syrup and sprinkle with allspice. Place hens breast-side up in the same roasting pan and roast until browned and cooked through, about 1 hour.

Remove hens and let rest for juices to redistribute. Continue cooking acorn squash 10 to 15 minutes longer, until tender. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 290 calories (70 from fat), 8g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 50mg cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 43g carbohydrates, (11 g dietary fiber, 9g sugar), 16g protein.
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