Portions: 4 normal people or 2 big eaters like yours truly.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Marinade For the Cornish Game Hens:
2 Cornish Hens
1/4 cups of Butter
1/4 cups of moutarde à l’ancienne (Old-Style Mustard with White Wine, can be replaced with Dijon)
1/4 cups of Brown Sugar
1 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of Pepper
2 tsp of Paprika
1 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
1/2 cup Chicken Broth (optional, see step #4, can be skipped if you do not have an injector).
2 medium sized Potatoes or 3 small ones (Preferably Russets or Yukon Gold)
1/2 cup of White Sugar
Oil for the fryer
1 pinch of fleur de sel
30 Green Beans
3 minced Garlic Cloves
1 tbsp of Salted Butter
Add Salt & Pepper to Taste
- In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the marinade and refrigerate.
- Cut the back of the Cornish hen lengthwise and split it open (spatchcock it). As to butterfly the whole hen.
- Remove the spinal cord of the hen.
- (OPTIONAL) With your meat injection needle, inject the chicken broth little by little in the breast and thighs of the Cornish game hen, to ensure maximum juiciness.
- Brush the Cornish hens with the marinade and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
- During this time, julienne your potatoes for the french fries.
- Let the fries soak in a cold water and white sugar bath (1/2 cup of White Sugar to 1 Liter of Cold Water) for about 1 hour.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Preheat your fryer to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Insert your Cornish hens into the oven and cook for about 45 minutes or until the inner temperature is at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While your Cornish hens are cooking, in a pot, boil your green beans for about 10 minutes or until they can split in 2 easily.
- While they are boiling, add your fries to the fryer for about 3 minutes to blanch.
- Bring up the temperature of your fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When your Cornish hens are 5 minutes away from being done, drop your blanched fries into the hot oil again for an additional 6 minutes or until they become crispy and golden brown.
- While your fries are in the fryer, in a pan, fry the green beans with the butter and garlic. Add the salt & pepper as well.
- Garnish your fries with a pinch of fleur de sel. I recommend serving a spicy mayo with the fries.
Prepare your taste buds for a nice tender and juicy Cornish hen. This recipe is one of my favorites to use on any kind of poultry. White meat that is nice and juicy with a balanced savory marinade, go ahead try it! You won’t regret it.