How to Roast Cornish Hens

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Cornish game hens make a nice meal any time of year; even though they seem fancy, they're easy enough to roast. Try serving with your favorite recipe for cornbread stuffing, or with mashed potatoes. Serves four.

Things You'll Need

  • Chef's Knives
  • Baking Pans
  • Cutting Boards
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Mixing bowls
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lb. split Cornish game hens
  • 2 tsp. cooking oil
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cumin
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Halve Cornish hens lengthwise using a long heavy knife or kitchen shears.

  • Cut through the breast bone, just off the center.

  • Cut through the center of the backbone.

  • Rinse hens and pat dry.

  • Twist wing tips under back and place hen halves, cut-sides down, in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish.

  • Combine cooking oil, salt, paprika and cumin. Brush over hens.

  • Bake hens one hour or until tender and no longer pink.

  • Serve with potatoes or a stuffing of your choice, one hen-half to a serving.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more dramatic presentation and hungry guests, serve one hen per person and roast them whole.
  • You can really roast the hens any way you might roast chicken: with fresh lemon juice squeezed over and a few sprigs of rosemary, for example, or with a simple glaze of butter, apricot jam, and white wine, or anything you like.

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