December Recipes

Braised Apricot-Orange Cornish Game Hens

Serving platter of Braised Apricot Orange Cornish Game Hens
Hands On:
30 minutes
Total Time:
100 minutes
Serves:
4

Ingredients

  • 2 (40-oz. each) frozen Cornish game hens (4 total), thawed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Hy-Vee cracked black pepper, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Hy-Vee salted butter
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Hy-Vee apricot preserves
  • ¼ cup Culinary Tours smoked porter coarse-ground mustard
  • ¼ cup yuzu ponzu sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp Cara Cara orange zest
  • ¼ cup Cara Cara orange juice
  • 1 cup Hy-Vee dried apricots
  • 1 cup pitted Greek Kalamata olives, drained
  • 2 bulbs garlic, halved crosswise
  • 4 small fresh oregano sprigs, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 ½ cups dry white wine
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Preparation

1
Preheat oven to 425°. Line a large rimmed baking pan with foil. Place a wire rack in the pan and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
2
Remove and discard neck and giblets from Cornish hens. Pat outsides and cavities dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salt and 1 teaspoon pepper evenly on outside skin. Place, breast sides up, on prepared wire rack in pan; set aside.
3
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook shallot for 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in preserves, mustard, yuzu ponzu sauce and orange zest and juice. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until thickened. Brush hens with glaze; place 1 orange slice on top of each.
4
Arrange apricots, Greek olives, garlic bulb halves, and 4 oregano sprigs around hens. Add white wine to baking pan under the wire rack.
5
Roast 55 to 60 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° in the breasts, brushing with glaze every 20 minutes. Transfer Cornish hens on wire rack to a large cutting board; discard oregano. Loosely cover with foil. Let stand for 10 minutes.
6
For sauce, strain cooking juices through a fine-mesh sieve into a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
7
To serve, arrange hens, apricots, olives, and garlic bulb halves on a serving platter. Garnish with additional cracked black pepper and fresh oregano sprigs. Serve with sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories:730
% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 24g 31%
Saturated Fat: 3g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 130mg 43%
Sodium: 2320mg 101%
Total Carbohydrate: 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber: 4g 14%
Sugars: 62g 124%
Protein: 30g 60%

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