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Roast Cornish Game Hens With Spicy Fruit Salsa

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“Mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed green beans make colorful companions. Key lime pie is a refreshing way to wrap up. Taken from Top 20 quick and easy from 2000. I added the brining step to suit my tastes.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix kosher salt with 2 cups water to make brine.
  2. Split hens, remove backbone, and soak in brine for 2 hours or as long as possible.
  3. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  4. Rinse hens well with cold water.
  5. Mix first salsa, thyme and pepper sauce ingredients in medium bowl.
  6. Transfer 3 tablespoons salsa mixture to small bowl and stir in oil and allspice.
  7. Place hen halves on rack set on baking sheet.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; brush with oil mixture.
  9. Roast until juices run clear when thigh is pierced, about 25-30 minutes.
  10. Transfer hen halves to plates.
  11. Spoon remaining salsa mixture on top.

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