Cornish Game Hens for Christmas Eve
I decided to make Cornish Game Hens for our Christmas Eve Dinner. It was just the three of us and each person had 1/2 a hen. I first brined the hens for just over 2 hours. Then I spatchcocked them (open and flatten them out) with some great instructions from an Alton Brown video on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMGRISiKdzs
After brining, I let the skin air dry on a rack in the fridge. Doing this allows the skin to dry so it will be crisp when you cook them. I put them under the broiler with the rack in the middle of the oven. Cooking time was only 35 min including turning onto their backs to brown on the other side for 10 min. I made my sides a bit ahead (butternut squash and pecans, mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing made much better this year with some tips from my sister that we exchanged over email) and let them stay warm while I broiled the hens. Turned out being a lot easier than cooking a big turkey and a lot less heavy coming in and out of the oven that’s for sure. That made this a really good choice for our first Arthritis Kitchen Christmas Eve dinner.