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Game Hens With Pesto Rub and Roasted Potatoes

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“Delicious-sounding recipe from Cooking Light Magazine. Golden roasted potatoes are a great match for the hens which are flavored with basil and Parmesan. Prep time does not include resting time.”
1hr 20mins

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine first 7 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth.
  2. Remove and discard giblets and necks from hens. Rinse hens with cold water; pat dry. Staring at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub pesto under loosened skin. Gently press skin to secure. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under hens.
  3. Place hens on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Insert a meat thermometer into meaty part of a thigh, making sure not to touch bone.
  4. Combine potatoes, 1 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoons pepper, tossing well to coat. Arrange potatoes around hens and bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until thermometer registers 180 degrees F. and potatoes are tender.
  5. Remove hens and potatoes from pan and cover loosely with foil. Let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin. Cut hens in half and cover loosely with foil. Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour pan drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (the fat will rise to the top). Seal bag and carefully snip off one bottom corner. Drain drippings into pan stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat.
  6. Place the pan over medium-high heat. Stir in broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Combine 1 tablespoons water and cornstarch, stirring well with a whisk. Add to pan. Bring to a boil, cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 3 minutes). Serve sauce with hens and potatoes. Garnish with basil sprigs, if desired.

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