Tuesday, November 23, 2010

alternative to turkey

I made this for a little dinner party we had last weekend.  It was easy and impressive.  everyone likes to have their own little hen.  there's something a little decadent about it.  They'd also make a great alternative to turkey if you were just having you and your honey.

Roasted Cornish Hens with Grapes

(one of my favorite cook books)

  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs. red and green seedless grapes
  • 8 shallots, root end intact, halved if large
  • 6 sprigs of thyme, plus more leaves for hens
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 (1 – 1 1/4 lb.) Cornish game hens*
*Substitution: Bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts – 10-12 oz. each
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (F).
2. Toss together grapes, shallots and thyme sprigs with olive oil, 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet.
3. Rinse the hens and pat dry, then tie the legs together with twine. (I just use thread from my sewing kit!)
4. Nestle hens among the grapes on the baking sheet, breast side up. Season with salt, pepper and thyme leaves.
5. Roast, basting the hens occasionally with pan juices, until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the leg reads 160 degrees (F), about 30-35 minutes.
Serves 4
Got a favorite cookbook?  Please share.  


  1. LOVE everyday food, and this looks incredible.


  2. haha thats the cutest lil bird!! sounds delicious I may have to try that once my stomach goes back to normal from eating so much this week! :)

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  3. That looks delicious! I love Ellie Kreiger. Simple and fast. She is healthy without using substitutes! But I do have a MAJOR girl crush on Nigella ... tough choice!

  4. Your grape look soo good!
    I love getting recipes out of Eating Well Magazine, or Better Homes and Gardens!

    Ps. I gave you an award in my blog.

  5. Oh my goodness! Growing up, I never actually had turkey at home. My mom always made these little hens since for our family! This brings back wonderful memories! :]

    Love your photos!!!!

  6. You know, I don't even eat meat, but I totally agree that there's something pretty adorable about cornish hens. haha!

  7. Yummy, yummy, yummy! I love grapes cooked in with "real" food -- and figs too :)

  8. i have that cookbook!

    and yes, barefoot contessa's family style is my faaaavorite cookbook for sure.

  9. 1-those look amazing! 2- Yayay, you use the kitchen hand-towels I made :) :)

  10. these look delicious! thanks for the recipe


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