Cornish hen

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category: [poultry]

ingredients: 2 cornish hens 2 strips turkey bacon extra virgin olive oil fresh sage, rosemary 6 cloves garlic salt, pepper 1 lemon white wine gravy: ~ 1/2 cup skim milk 1 Tbsp flour juice from cornish hen white whine lemon juice pepper, salt potatoes: potato: salt, pepper poultry seasonings olive oil

Preheat oven to 450.

Stuff into the cavity of each bird: 2 cloves garlic, sage leaves, rosemary, 1/4 lemon and 1 strip of bacon. Also add salt and pepper. Stuff underneath the skin of the birds: rosemary, sage. minced garlic. Cover the birds with olive oil. Rub salt, rosemary into skin. Sprinklewith salt and pepper. Squeeze remaining 1/2 lemon over birds. Bake in oven uncovered until brown. Continue to baste. After ~ 15 min, pour white wine over birds.

Potatoes: Cut into ~1'' cubes. Coat in olive oil. Add sage, rosemary, salt and pepper. Bake with birds. Tuning oven to 'broil' helps browning.

Gravy: Do this when birds are almost done. Shake ~1/2 cup skim milk with 1 heaping Tbsp flour. Pour into small pot. Add salt and pepper and bring to a boil. With baster, remove juices from hens' roasting pan. Add to gravy mixture. Add sage, rosemary, white wine, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil again while stirring.