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Level
very easy
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 h 15 m
Serves
8

Ingredients

3 tbsp
olive oil, divided
45 mL
2 tbsp
honey
30 mL
2 tbsp
lemon juice
30 mL
2 tbsp
fresh chopped thyme
30 mL
8
medium parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped
8
shallots, peeled and halved
2
pears, cored and cut into wedges
1 1/2 tsp
salt, divided
7 mL
3/4 tsp
pepper, divided
4 mL
4
Cornish hens (approx. 1 1/2 lb/750 g each)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Whisk 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil with honey, lemon juice and thyme. Set aside. In roasting pan, toss parsnips, shallots and pears with remaining oil, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper.
Step 2
Remove giblets and neck from each hen, reserve for another use or discard. With kitchen shears or sharp knife, cut each hen in half lengthwise. Brush all sides with honey mixture. Season with remaining salt and pepper.
Step 3
Arrange hens, skin-side up, on parsnips and pears. Roast 35 to 40 min., or until juices run clear when pierced in thickest part of thigh and meat thermometer reads 170°F (77°C). Transfer hens, parsnips, pears and shallots to a platter. Tent with foil and rest 15 min.
Step 4
Meanwhile, strain juices from roasting pan and skim fat. Serve pan juices with roasted dish.

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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Description:
Per serving (1/8 of the recipe):
Calories:
540
Fat:
31 g
Saturated Fat:
8 g
Carbs:
32 g
Fibre:
6 g
Sugar:
15 g
Cholesterol:
185 mg
Protein:
34 g
Sodium:
540 mg