Maple Glazed Cornish Hen
Spring has sprung and so has maple season. With my Maple glazed Cornish Hen dish, you get to taste the flavor of mother nature's sweet treat.
A recent visit to the sugar woods, in particular, Sugarmoon Farms, I had the opportunity to pick up some maple syrup. What to do with this delicious sap? Well, glaze something, like a Rock Cornish Hen.
This is a very simple recipe and all you need is 2 Rock Cornish Hens, some colorful baby potatoes, shallots, 1/4 cup chicken stock and broccoli.
Make sure your hens are dry and cleaned. Then apply salt and pepper to the bottom. Flip over and massage about a teaspoon of olive oil all over the top of the bird, around the wings, and legs. Then season with salt and pepper, don't forget the cavity, salt generously.
Have about 1/2 cup of maple syrup nearby, so the last 15 minutes of your cooking time you will glaze your hen every 5 minutes.
While the hen is in the oven, wash your baby potatoes and broccoli. Then put the potatoes in a steamer and steam until fork tender. This preserves the color.
For your broccoli, cut into florets, dice your shallot and then in 1 tablespoon of olive oil saute your shallots until translucent. Then add chicken stock and broccoli to pan, toss, turn off heat and let steam until deep green in color.
When you remove your hen, internal temp 165 and juices are clear, cover with a tinfoil tent to rest for at least 10 minutes. The assemble and serve.
A simple an flavorful meal you can make any time. Use salt and pepper to taste.