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Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hens

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 7 min
  • Prep: 12 min
  • Cook: 55 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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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

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and put a baking rack on top.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.