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Roast Cornish Game Hens with Sauteed Blueberries

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 45 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.
Total: 1 hr. 20 min.
Chef Cory Schreiber
Blueberries in butter with a splash of wine vinegar to make a wonderfully tangy sauce--guaranteed to enhance any fowl or game dish.


  • 4 halves cornish game hens or squabs, halved (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper teaspoon
  • 16 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 1/3 cup shallot, minced
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tbs red wine vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Rub hens with balsamic vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Place on a rack in a roasting pan; roast until thigh juices run clear, about 35 minutes.
  • To prepare garlic: Blanch cloves in boiling water. In a skillet, combine 1 tablespoon of the butter, the honey, thyme, garlic and 1/2 cup water. Simmer until liquid is reduced to a syrup and garlic turns golden brown, stirring often, about 20 minutes; remove thyme sprigs.
  • To prepare sautéed blueberries: In a skillet, over medium heat, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add shallots; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes. Add blueberries; cook until they soften, about 4 minutes. Stir in red wine vinegar; simmer until mixture has a saucy consistency, about 2 minutes.
  • To serve: Arrange each hen half on wilted escarole, if desired. Spoon sautéed blueberries and sweet garlic cloves around hens.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 245
  Calories from Fat 133 (54%)
(23%)Total Fat 15g
(26%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
(31%)Cholesterol 92mg
(14%)Sodium 345mg
(8%)Potassium 284mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
(4%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 8g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(31%)Protein 15g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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