Traditionally in the United States, turkey is served for Thanksgiving dinner and baked ham for Christmas. Tired of it? Why not spice it up a little? Really!
This year, I decided to serve my friends Cornish hens. Not only is this dish simply elegant, but the combinations of orange brine, cloves, curry and honey makes this an unforgettable succulent meal. It is easy, hassle free and tasty. The mouth watering smell of the hens baking in curry and honey, oozing from the oven, will intrigue all your guests and lure them into the kitchen. Also, Cornish hens will decorate your dinner table more elegantly than the traditional turkey and ham. Perhaps it can become your new holiday tradition to serve for your parties.
Give this chick a try!
2 Cornish hens
2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon ground pepper
2 whole onions-peeled
½ cup of honey
4 tablespoon curry powder
1/3 cup olive oil
1. In a large zip-lock bag or hefty trash bag marinade over night the Cornish hen, orange and lemon juice, salt and pepper.
2. Preheat oven 400 degrees. Remove Cornish hens from the marinade and pat dry.
3. In a small bowl, mix well curry powder with honey and olive oil. With a cooking brush, generously paint the honey mix all over the hen - inside and out. Insert one onion in the stomach cavity and puncture two needle cloves into the onion. Repeat with the second hen. Do not discard remaining glaze. Place hens in the oven.
4. Thirty minutes later, decrease oven temperature to 350 and remove the hen from the oven and once again reapply the remaining honey mix and bake for an additional thirty minutes or more until a dark, golden glaze appears. Remove from oven and let rest hens for ten minutes before serving.
5. Decorate your serving platter with decorative lettuce leaves, orange slices and herbs. Has your mouth watered yet?