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North African Cornish Hens

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
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Recipe

North Africa

Perhaps the most aromatic cuisine in the world comes from northern Africa, where every dish is a symphony of spices.

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 (1½-pound) Cornish game hens
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed through a garlic press
  • 1½ teaspoons salt, preferably coarse (kosher)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika, preferably hot Hungarian
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Directions

1. Using a sharp knife or a cleaver, split each hen down its back and open it up flat, like a book. Arrange the hens, skin side up, on two large roasting pans. Squeeze the lemons and oranges over the hens, and then place the squeezed lemon and orange pieces underneath the hens.

2. On a work surface, sprinkle the garlic with the salt. Using a large knife, chop and smear them together to form a paste. Scrape the garlic paste into a small bowl, and stir in the paprika, cumin, ginger, and optional cayenne. Gradually stir in the oil to make a paste. Spread the paste on the hens’ skin, and let them stand at room temperature, covered, for 1 hour before roasting.

3. Position a rack in the top third of the oven, and preheat to 400°.

4. Roast the hens, basting often with the drippings, until the juices run yellow when the flesh is pierced with a fork, 50 to 60 minutes. Serve immediately, discarding the cooked fruits.

Notes

These Cornish hens are rubbed with a streamlined version of the Moroccan spice mixrure ras at hanout, marinated, and roasted with lemons and oranges. (Don’t serve the fruit with the chicken--they are there only for flavoring’s sake.)


© 1991 Eric V. Copage
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

840kcal (42%)
109mg (11%)
68mg (113%)
204mcg RAE (7%)
1050mg
83mg
60g
3g
5g
14g
339mg (113%)
1083mg (45%)
15g (75%)
62g (95%)
5mg (26%)
 

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