Game Birds Paradis

Serves people


  1. Stuff the cavities of the Cornish hens with the apple and orange sections. Season with Creole seasoning and salt. Place on a roasting pan, breast side down, and put in the oven. Immediately lower the oven temperature to 350. Roast for 45 minutes, then turn up the heat to 425 for a final five minutes. The internal temperature should be about 175 on a meat thermometer shoved in the thigh.
  2. While the birds are in the oven, make the sauce. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, cook the onions in 1 Tbs, butter, stirring often, until they become light brown uniformly.
  3. Add the butter and flour, and make a blond roux.
  4. Whisk in the tawny port. Bring it to a boil and hold it there, whisking often, until the liquid is reduced by half.
  5. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Dissolve the pepper jelly into the sauce, then strain.
  6. Return the sauce to a very light simmer, and add the grapes. Check seasonings and add salt and pepper as needed.
  7. Place a whole roasted Cornish hen on each dinner plate, and serve the sauce around it.

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