The other night my husband made roasted hen and I made couscous as a side dish. This has to be one of the easiest and most simple dinner you can make. It’s completely error proof and tastes so delishhh!
One cornish hen should feed two. Split the hen and lay flat (as seen in pic), this will help it cook faster. Lay a few rosemary sprigs (optional) under the hen in a cast iron or baking dish. Season the hen w/ salt and pepper. Add some garlic cloves and whole shallots in the dish. Before putting in the oven, spray the skin w/ an oil spray. This will help make the skin super crispy.
Roast at 350 for 50 mins. Midway, check on the garlic and shallots. If they are getting tender and start to caramelize, take them out so they don’t burn.
With the pan drippings, add butter, flour, and sherry wine to make gravy. I swear, this is the best gravy in the whole, entire, universe! Add a dash of salt and pepper.
Couscous is really the fastest side dish to make. 5 mins and you are done! Truly. I use boxed couscous and add dried mission figs and pecans. Follow the directions on the box for water to couscous ratio. Once you boil the water in a pot, add couscous and some olive oil, then turn off the stove. Let sit for 5 mins.
Don’t stir the couscous until it’s ready (in 5 mins. or so) then add the pecans and mission figs. You can also add dried cranberries, dates, almonds or pine nuts. Couscous tastes so much better if there’s a sweet ingredient to it (dried fruits). I topped off w/ cilantro but you can use parsley if preferred.
Do try this dish. It’s super simple!
Til next post, Kellie.