How to Truss a Cornish Hen

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Things You'll Need

  • Butcher's twine

  • Knife or scissors

A Cornish game hen laced with bacon makes a delightful Sunday dinner.

Cornish game hens are an inexpensive way to eat well. Simple to cook, the Cornish hen is compatible with a variety of side dishes. Roasting a Cornish hen is the standard way to cook it. If you want the hen to keep its shape and stay juicy throughout, then trussing is a must.


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Step 1

Place the Cornish hen on a cutting board with the breast up and the tail pointing toward you.

Step 2

Take a piece of butcher's string about 2 feet in length and hold the middle section of the string under the ends of the legs where the bone is showing. You will have a very long tail of string on both ends.

Step 3

Wrap the string up and around the two chicken legs at the notch between the end of the bone and where the meatier portion begins.


Step 4

Cross the strings, as if tying a shoe and pull tightly.

Step 5

Bring the ends of the strings back across the hen, so that they cross just below the breast and wrap the string around the base of the wings.

Step 6

Pull the string up tightly under both wings and tie the string over the breast of the hen. A knot or a bow works well.