Roasted Game Hen with Fresh Laurel and Wild Pepper Over Creamy Polenta

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon wild peppercorns (toasted white peppercorns are ok)
  • 12 fresh laurel leaves or dry bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 sprigs parsley, cleaned and chopped
  • Polenta:
  • 1 cup coarse polenta
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 1/2 cups water or chicken stock
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  • Remove breast and leg meat from the hens. Marinate for 1 hour in white wine, pepper, laurel leaves, olive oil, and parsley.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  • Roast the hens over the laurel leaves. Salt, to taste. Cook 12 to 15 minutes, skin side up.

  • Polenta: Bring stock to boil. Whisk in polenta and cook over low heat 15 to 20 minutes when thick and pulls away from the side of the pan. Saute garlic and butter and whisk into polenta. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Chef's Note: For a simple sauce, save the pan drippings and marinade. Bring to a boil, whisk in 2 ounces of butter and strain.

  • This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe, and therefore, we cannot guarantee the results.


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