Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 4 tablespoon(s) butter , at room temperature

  2. 1 teaspoon(s) dried oregano

  3. 1 teaspoon(s) cumin

  4. 1/20 teaspoon(s) salt Fresh-ground black pepper

  5. 2 Cornish hens (about 1 1/4 pounds each) , halved

  6. 1 scallion including green top , chopped Lime wedges , for serving

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat the oven to 450°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 Suggestion: You could roast new potatoes right alongside the hens with almost no effort. Sautéed 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. Wine Recommendation: A number of hearty red wines would be nice with the straightforward, rustic flavors here. Look for a Corbières from the south of France, a zinfandel from California, or a Rosso di Montalcino from Tuscany in Italy.


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