Cornish Game Hens with Apple-Honey Glaze

What You Need

2 Cornish game hens
Juice of an orange
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh-ground black pepper
Apple-Honey Glaze (recipe follows)

Here's How

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Remove the giblets, wash the game hens and pat dry. Squeeze the juice of the orange inside and outside the birds. The natural sugar from the fruit juice will make the hens really crispy.

Fold the wing tips under each one. This will keep them protected and they'll get nice and crispy on the bottom while the top portion is roasting.

Season the hens inside and out with 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt and one tablespoon fresh-ground black pepper.

Place the birds on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Roast in the center of the oven at 350 degrees for one hour, or until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced.

When the Cornish hens are almost finished, brush them with the glaze and put them back in the oven for two minutes. This will allow the glaze to set. After two minutes, remove the hens from the oven and let them rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving; this will allow them to firm up, while the juices inside keep the birds moist.

Apple-Honey Glaze

1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 tablespoon shallots, minced
1/2 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning blend
1 tablespoon honey

Pour apple cider and white wine into a one-quart sauce pan. Add shallots; whisk. Add 1/2 tablespoon of all-purpose seasoning blend, then whisk in one tablespoons of honey. Bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow to reduce by 2/3 its volume.

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