Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 cup bottled pomegranate juice

  2. 1 cup sugar

  3. 8 (1-pound) poussins (small chickens) or 8 (1 1/4-pound) Cornish hens

  4. 2 teaspoons salt

  5. 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

  7. 1/8 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads

  8. 3/4 cup roasted walnuts

  9. 2 tablespoons or more vegetable oil, for frying

  10. 4 russet (baking) potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated

  11. 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

  12. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt

  13. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  14. 6 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Make sauce In small saucepan over moderately high heat, whisk together 1 cup water, pomegranate juice, and sugar. Bring to boil and cook, uncovered, until thick and syrupy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Make poussins Preheat oven to 375°F. Rinse poussins inside and out and pat dry. Cut out necks if attached and discard. In small bowl, whisk together salt, cumin, turmeric, pepper, and saffron. Sprinkle poussins with spice mixture; press to adhere. Set large roasting pan on stove top, straddling two burners. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and heat over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in 2 batches, sear poussins until well browned, about 5 minutes per side, transferring as done to large platter and adding more oil as needed. Return poussins to pan and pour pomegranate syrup over. Roast 15 minutes. Baste poussins with pan juices and scatter walnuts around. Roast, basting occasionally, until instant-read thermometer inserted into 1 thigh (avoiding bone) registers 170°F, about 15 minutes more. While poussins are roasting, make rösti In large bowl, stir together grated potato, rosemary, salt, and pepper. In heavy 10-inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Pour in 1/2 potato batter and lightly press to form even layer that completely fills pan. Cook, without moving, until underside is browned, about 12 minutes. Invert large plate over skillet and flip pancake onto plate. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet, then slide pancake back, uncooked side down, into skillet. Cook until underside is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm, then repeat process with remaining oil and potato batter to make second pancake. Cut into wedges and serve with poussin.


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