Easy Roasted Cornish Hens
  • 8 carrot, peeled and evenly chopped
  • 8 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 5 springs rosemary (can use more)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic (optional)
  • 4 cornish hens, thawed, rinsed and patted COMPLETELY dry inside out.
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2-3 tablespoons parsley
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter, sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Spread out chopped vegetables and rosemary in the bottom of 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  3. Rub olive oil lightly over the cornish hens. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl, mix together spices and sprinkle generously over the hens, being sure to season the inside cavity as well. (double the spice mixture (or at least the salt) & let marinate for 3 hours if you're going for maximum flavor, but that's optional)
  5. Place the hens on top of the bed of vegetables.
  6. Run your fingers under the skin to loosen it.
  7. Place a slice of butter under the skin of each hen.
  8. Tie the legs together with kitchen string or foil paper.
  9. (I like to sprinkle on more parsley at this point but that's optional)
  10. Bake for 50-60 minutes, depending on size of hens.
  11. Let hens rest for 15 minutes before eating.
Recipe by at https://divascancook.com/easy-roasted-cornish-hens-recipe/