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Nov 11, 2006 08:00 PM

Cornish Hens for Thanksgiving?

It will just be my husband and I for Thanksgiving this year. I was thinking of doing Cornish Hens instead of a turkey... Any delicious and festive recipes out there? Other ideas welcome too.

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  1. I roasted one for a dinner party of 8 people.
    Hey! The turkey shrunk!

    I did have a turkey too I brought out next.

    Doesn't really answer your question. There's not much to them. Will you make sides? Rice stuffing?

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    1. re: rockhopper

      Yes - I am going to go all out with sides, just didn't want to do a whole turkey this year since it will just be 2 of us.

    2. Ina Garten just did these on TV for Thanksgiving.

      Check out:
      for the recipe

      1. Good luck. I tried doing that a couple of years ago. Tried to convince my husband that a Cornish hen was just a small turkey. He didn't buy it. Have had to make the real McCoy ever since.

        1. AKP, You might consider roasting a Capon. They are far more tasty than cornish game hens and the leftover meat makes fabulous chicken salad sandwiches the next day. (Roasted stuffed quail are another tasty option.)

          1. You could brine the hens in about 6 cups of water, 1/2 cup salt,1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 T of chopped candied ginger. Cover nad refrigerate for about an hour and don't over bake. I would stuff some fresh sage and onion in the cavity to add flavor then do a wild rice on the side. Mmmmm.