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Cornish Hens with Scallion Butter and Lime
The typical Mexican combination of cumin and lime works beautifully with Cornish hens. These are oven roasted but they take less than 30 minutes.
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Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper
2 Cornish game hens, about 1 1/4 pounds each, halved
1 scallion, including green top, chopped
4 Lime wedges, for serving




Heat the oven to 450 degrees 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 for about 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of 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.


Wine Recommendation: A number of hearty red wines would be nice with the straightforward, rustic flavors here. Look for a Corbieres from the south of France, a zinfandel from California, or a Rosso di Montalcino from Tuscany in Italy.


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