Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Total Time:
1 hr 7 min
Prep:
12 min
Cook:
55 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegrette dressing
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus 4 sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves, plus 4 sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves, plus 4 sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus 4 sprigs
  • 4 Cornish game hens, rinsed
  • 1 lemon, cut in quarters
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag baby carrots
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen pearl onions, thawed
  • 1/2 pound red potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and put a baking rack on top.

Mix together the grill seasoning, dressing, and chopped herbs in a small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons. Generously rub the hens inside and out with the herb and dressing mixture. Stuff each hen with a sprig of each herb and a piece of lemon.

In a large bowl, combine the carrots, onions and potatoes with the reserved 2 tablespoons of dressing mixture, a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Put the vegetables in a large roasting pan and arrange the hens on top. Roast them until the juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer registers 180 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, about 50 to 55 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, cover with foil and let the hens rest for 5 minutes before serving. Transfer the hens to a large serving tray with the roasted vegetables.


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