Source: Sunday Dinner

Roasted Cornish Game Hens & Orange Sauce
Tiny Cornish game hens make an elegant meal, and marinating them in a linely mixture of oranges, garlic and Madeira gives them an intense, fresh flavor.
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Serves: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 1/2-2 hours

 

 
6 approximately 1 1/2 pounds each Cornish game hens, halved along the breastbone
Juice of 1 large orange
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup olives
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Zest of 1 orange, coarsely chopped into 1/4-inch-long pieces
2 tablespoons Madeira
2 tablespoons chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoons red wine vinegar




1. To prepare the hens, rinse the halves under cold running water and put them in a large glass or ceramic baking dish.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, oil, garlic, onion and Madeira, season to taste with salt and pepper and whisk well. Stir in the zest and then pour the marinade over the hens. Toss gently to coat, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
4. Transfer the game hens and the marinade to a large roasting pan and arrange in a single layer, skin side up. Roast for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees Farenheit., baste and continue roasting for about 45 mnutes or until the juices in the thighs run clear.
5. Remove the hens from the roasting pan and arrange on a large platter. Cover with aluminum foil and set aside to keep warm.
6. To prepare the sauce, strai the pan juices into a saucepan. Add the Madeira, stock, sugar and vinegar and stir well. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened and the flavors blend. Stir well to combine. Bring to a slow boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the hens and serve.


Notes:
Ingredient #9-12 are for Orange Sauce.

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