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
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  • Reply Rebekka Seale

    LOVE everyday food, and this looks incredible.


    November 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Young and Fabulous

    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! 🙂

    xoxo follow me!

    November 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]

    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!

    November 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    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.

    November 24, 2010 at 12:42 am
  • Reply Nicole

    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!!!!

    November 24, 2010 at 3:09 am
  • Reply Claire Kiefer

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

    November 24, 2010 at 3:59 am
  • Reply Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc...

    Yummy, yummy, yummy! I love grapes cooked in with "real" food — and figs too 🙂

    November 24, 2010 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Krystal

    that sounds delicious!

    November 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    i have that cookbook!

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

    November 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Pamela Michelle

    1-those look amazing! 2- Yayay, you use the kitchen hand-towels I made 🙂 🙂

    November 26, 2010 at 1:47 am
  • Reply Rolfe Bautista

    these look delicious! thanks for the recipe

    November 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm
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