While many people might not be familiar with cornish game hens (aka young chickens), I actually grew up eating them. A lot of them. This particular dish is a riff on something my mother made that we referred to as "Chicken with Greens" because of the heavy dousing of oregano on top.
All in all, this dish is incredibly easy to make. I chose to use whole pearl onions and shallots instead of opting for fingerlings or other potatoes, but you can choose that route if you prefer. A less lazy cook than I would peel the onions, but I had just taken a kick-your-booty kind of class at the gym and wasn't sure how much longer I'd be able to stand up for. So, I simply rubbed them to remove any excess skin and placed them in the roasting pan as is (and they came out spectacularly).
I particularly love whole roasted onions and shallots (much like roasted garlic) because they completely break down and become ultra creamy and soft. You can also toss a garlic head in the pan as well if you'd like, just lop off the top and drizzle with some olive oil.
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As the holiday season is quickly approaching, there is no better time to try out new recipes that put a spin on the typical menu. This Thanksgiving, chef Cat Cora swaps the traditional turkey and stuffing for Cornish game hens and olive and chestnut stuffing.
The game hen, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes all get cooked in the same pan. About the only thing missing from the pan is cranberry sauce and rolls. This recipe will definitely make Thanksgiving dinner easy and delicious. Who needs turkey?