Herb Roasted Cornish Hens with Root Vegetables
Herb Roasted Cornish Hens with Root Vegetables might just be the perfect one pan, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for two. Individual Cornish hens are coated with fresh herbs, then oven roasted on a bed of root vegetables and apple for a delicious, pan roasted meal.
The holiday’s are a busy time for large family groups and lots of cooking. In the past, it has been just my husband and I and sometimes I don’t want to buy a giant turkey for 2 people. I also don’t need all the fuss of a big meal production, so I came across a solution.
A couple of years ago saw Cornish hens become popular and since they weigh about 2 pounds each they are perfect for individual servings. They’re also sold in a pack of 2… how convenient!
Cast Iron Skillet Perfect for Roasting: I love roasting meats in a cast iron skillet. In this instance, the vegetables cook in the pan with the hens so it’s a one pan meal and serving the meal right from the pan not only cuts back on dishes, but makes for a lovely presentation.
I use a lot of herbs this time of year and there’s nothing better than a herb crusted chicken or turkey. I also use a lot of fresh apple cider in my cooking and for this recipe I mixed it with melted butter and brushed it all over the skin for that extra flavor.
When it comes to side dishes, the beauty of this dish is, they are cooked all in the same pan. You can add a side of Quick Cranberry Orange Sauce or Cornbread Sage and Onion Stuffing to complete the meal.
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