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Cornish Hens with Scallion Butter and Lime

Source: Quick from Scratch - Chicken, Turkey, and Cornish Hen
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Active Time:  5 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
The typical Mexican combination of cumin and lime works beautifully with Cornish hens. Scallion butter both moistens the cooked birds and adds an extra fillip of flavor.
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper
2 Cornish hens (about 1 1/4 pounds each), halved
1 scallion including green top, chopped
Lime wedges, for serving
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Heat the oven to 450 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the butter with the oregano, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Rub the mixture over the skin of the hens and arrange them, skin-side up, on a baking sheet. Roast in the upper third of the oven until golden and cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons butter with the scallion, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. When the hens are roasted, top with the scallion butter. Serve with lime wedges.

Menu Suggestions

You could roast new potatoes right alongside the hens with almost no effort. Sauteed bell peppers would complete the meal.

VARIATION -- Cornish Hens with Herb Butter and Lime

Mix one tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, such as chives, parsley, and/or oregano, with the butter in place of the scallions.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 673
Fat. Total: 51g
Protein: 49g
Carbohydrates, Total: 1g
Sodium: 467mg
% Cal. from Fat: 68%
Cholesterol: 317mg
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