Maple-Sage Cornish Hens with Roast Apples

Maple-Sage Cornish Hens with Roast Apples

Serves 4
Here’s a dish with classic cold-weather flavors: sage, maple and apple. It’s a great alternative to roasting a whole turkey for holiday celebrations. We suggest that you use a carving knife to split each cooked hen through the breastbone and then cut out the backbone so that each hen serves two, although those with larger appetites may want a whole hen to themselves.
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 shallot, chopped
  • 2 Cornish hens
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and quartered
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In a small saucepan, combine cider, syrup, sage and shallot. Simmer over medium-low heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F. Brush hens all over with 1 tablespoon of the butter and sprinkle inside and out with pepper and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt. Tie the legs of each hen together with kitchen string and tuck the wings under the birds. Place them in a large roasting pan and surround with apples. Drizzle apples with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Roast 30 minutes.

Brush hens generously with cider glaze and continue to roast, brushing them with more glaze every 5 minutes, until they are browned and their juices run clear (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, not touching bone, should register 165°F), 15 to 20 minutes more. Allow to rest 10 minutes, then split each hen down the middle and serve.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 540 calories (270 from fat), 30g total fat, 10g saturated fat, 185mg cholesterol, 700mg sodium, 40g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 33g sugar), 30g protein.
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