These White Wine and Thyme Roasted Cornish Game Hens are perfect if you’re planning a small holiday get together.
They are so tender and juicy with so much flavor in every bite!
Christmas is in 5 days… wait… what?! How did this happen? I’m so not ready yet, well sort of. I have all of my shopping done so that’s a relief. Thanks Amazon! There’s nothing better than shopping online your PJs, am I right?!
I am just not one for big obnoxious crowds, where people are knocking each other down for that last *insert popular item*.
The last year I went to the mall to Christmas shop was about 8 years ago. Gavin wanted an Ipod sooo bad that year. There was a Black Friday special at a popular toy store that year for Ipods, so I decided to stay up all night on Thanksgiving to catch this sale. Note: I was living in Minnesota at the time and it was coooold!
I showed up at the toy store at about 2am on Black Friday bundled up as best I could and I saw there was already a line wrapped around the store. Ugh. I thought, ok I’ll power through it, maybe it’ll be fun. After standing/dancing outside trying to keep warm for a few hours, and my toes getting more numb by the second, the doors finally opened and they let us all in the store.
It was a mad dash of people shoving people out of the way… I thought, is this really worth it? Well long story short, yes. To see the look on my sons face that Christmas morning when he opened his gift and saw his brand new Ipod was priceless. Will I ever do shopping like that again to save a few bucks? Nope, not a chance. 🙂
Our Christmas meal tradition changes a little bit every year, depending on where we’re at. This year we’re staying home in Florida, so it’ll just be a party of three.
I always like the thought of having a turkey or something on Christmas Day, but when it’s just us, that is way too much food. So I opt for making these yummy Cornish Game Hens instead.
These are perfect, because each person gets their own personal little hen. It’s like the perfect amount of food and you don’t have to spend all day cooking it! These little beauties can be done in about an hour.
What’s your Christmas or Holiday tradition? I’d love to hear about it, feel free to leave a comment below!
Happy Holidays friends, and Bon Appetit!
- 4 Cornish Game Hens
- 1 cup chopped Sweet Onion
- 1 cup chopped Celery
- 4 large Garlic cloves
- 10-20 fresh sprigs of Thyme
- ½ cup White Cooking Wine
- ½ cup Chicken Broth
- 2-3 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ¼ tsp Sea Salt
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- Cooking Twine
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Rinse inside and out of Cornish Game Hens with water and place on a wire rack in a roasting pan.
- Stuff each hen with Garlic, Onion, Celery and Thyme.
- If any Onion or Celery are remaining, place in bottom of roasting pan.
- Tie the legs of each hen together with cooking twine to keep stuffing in.
- Rub Olive Oil evenly over each hen.
- Sprinkle Salt and Pepper over each hen
- Add Wine and Chicken Broth to the bottom of roasting pan.
- Bake 50 minutes to an hour, basting the hens every 10 minutes with the juices from the roasting pan. Stop basting during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.
- They will be fully cooked when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F and the juices run clear.
- Remove the hens from the oven, loosely tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes before carving or serving.
- Remove cooking twine before serving.
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