2 servings (serving size: 1 hen)

Here, roasted cornish hens make an elegant entrée for a special dinner for two. You can vary the fresh herbs—rub rosemary or a combination of herbs under the loosened skin of the hens.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Remove and discard the giblets and necks from hens. Rinse hens with cold water; pat dry.

Step 3

Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine salt and pepper; rub under loosened skin. Insert 2 thyme sprigs and 2 garlic halves under loosened skin of each hen. Lift wing tips up and over backs; tuck under hens.

Step 4

Place the hens, breast sides up, in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Pour white wine over hens.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a thermometer registers 180°, basting occasionally with wine. Let stand for 5 minutes. Discard skin.

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