Recipe courtesy of Cookworks
Show: Cookworks
Episode: Aphrodisiacs
Total:
1 hr 50 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Madeira Sauce:

Directions

Special equipment: butcher's string, 1 large oven-safe saute pan

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Wash and pat dry each poussin. Tuck 1 sage leaf under the skin of each breast. Season the inside of each cavity liberally with salt. Stuff each cavity with 1 lemon wedge and a generous amount of fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage. Truss each poussin (see Cook's Note**). Evenly coat each poussin with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Place the poussins breast side up on a baking tray and refrigerate for 20 minutes to let the butter harden.

Heat large saute pan over high heat and place poussin in pan breast side up. Sear for 2 minutes and then place in oven. Roast for 40 minutes, or until the juices run clear from the hip joint (about 160 degrees F). Remove from the oven. Set the poussins aside in a warm place to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Skim most of the fat from the saute pan and set aside drippings to finish Madeira Sauce. Remove the butcher's string from poussins. Serve each person 1/2 poussin drizzled with 1 to 2 ounces of the Madeira Sauce. Garnish on a bed of greens with pomegranate seeds.

Madeira Sauce:

After skimming most of the fat drippings from the pan, return the pan to medium heat. Add the Madeira and simmer until the liquid is reduced by two thirds. Add the heavy cream and bring to a boil. Remove pan from heat, swirl in butter. Season with salt and serve with poussin.

Cook's Note

*: A small chicken weighing 1 to 1 1/2 pounds or Cornish hen. **: To truss the poussins, securely tie the legs and wings to the body of the poussin with butcher's string.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Free Range Poussin

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

Poussin al Mattone

Recipe courtesy of Anne Burrell

Le Poussin en Surprise

Recipe courtesy of Graham Kerr

Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Recipe courtesy of Jamie Deen

Black Tie Pasta

Recipe courtesy of Claire Robinson

My "Tie" Oh My

Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri

Tied Bean Salad

Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken|Susan Feniger

Craveworthy Eats 3 Videos

Crave-Worthy Egg Sandwich 03:24

Claire puts her own spin on a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          Giada at Home

          10am | 9c

          Giada at Home

          10:30am | 9:30c

          Giada at Home

          11am | 10c

          Giada Entertains

          11:30am | 10:30c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

          8pm | 7c

          Burgers, Brew & 'Que

          4:30am | 3:30c

          Get Cooking