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Leave the intimidation behind. Wow your guests with
CRANBERRY ORANGE GLAZED TYSON® CORNISH GAME HENS
So simple and effortless, you’ll wonder why you thought it was complicated.
Last year I posted my recipe for Bacon, Rosemary and Pear Cornish Hens and you went nuts. I had so many of you tell me that you’d never attempted Tyson® All Natural Premium Cornish Hens before because they intimidated you. Some of you let me know you conquered your fear and then just as quickly wondered what in the world you were afraid of. How does something so small cause so much angst? This holiday season I’m determined to make you put your qualms aside and discover how uncomplicated these guys are. The best part is how you’ll knock your guest’s socks off with very little effort!
My Cornish hens today feature a glaze of cranberries and oranges. It is based off my cranberry sauce that is my #1 recipe from my site. Which means, y’all already love it. The glaze can be made the night before to cut down on prep time. The bonus is having the side dish of cranberry sauce already made and ready to serve!
The night before or the morning after, prepare the cranberry sauce. If you want it as a side dish as well, double the recipe. You can simply double the ingredients. It does add about 5 more minutes on the cooking time.
The glaze is simple to make. Combine the cranberry sauce with the other ingredients in either a small blender or small food processor. Puree until it’s a nice liquid.
I like to thaw my hens 24-48 hrs before so I know they will be ready to go. You can find more advice on thawing and cooking HERE.
The glaze is enough for 3 small hens, so double if you have more guests.
I roasted my cornish hens in a roasting pan, and simply transferred to a baking dish to add to the presentation. I chopped up 2 oranges, and used fresh cranberries and rosemary to decorate it. It looks so marvelous, your guests will think you spent the entire day in the kitchen!
No special skills are required at all. This is really one of the most noncomplex recipes ever. If you can turn an oven on, and use a basting brush, your in business!
You can also plate everyones Cornish hen individually onto a separate plate using the rosemary and oranges on a smaller scale. You can see it looks just as stunning this way as well.
For this recipe, I’ve served my guests Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a perfect pairing. The red wine balances the sweetness of the oranges and the tartness of the cranberries.
So what do you think? Feeling adventurous but realistic about cooking this holiday season? Tyson® Cornish Hens couldn’t be more stunning and uncomplicated.
See how simple that was?This dish is perfect because you can cook other side dishes while the hens are cooking. Making the cranberry sauce and glaze the night before is a big time saver. Still not convinced? View this quick video to see how easy it truly is.
I purchased both the wine and my Tyson® Cornish Hens at my local Sam’s Club. The hens are located in the freezer section.
They are sold in a six pack, which makes it very easy to entertain a crowd.
Please let me know how your Tyson® Cornish Hen adventure goes! I hope I’ve inspired you today!
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