For years MJ's husband (and Victoria's father) has enjoyed bringing home friends, colleagues and clients for dinner. Sometimes unexpectedly. Sometimes when deadlines are tight. So it is not only the Boy Scouts who need to be prepared.
This recipe takes a bit of advance prep, but it saves time on the night and it has been a big hit. Now that we've experimented on two unsuspecting batches of dinner guests, it’s joined the ranks of our favorites. There will always be Cornish hens in the freezer from this point on. Depending on your guests’ appetites, each Cornish hen serves one person or two. Be prepared for one hen per person, but leftovers are great, if there are any.
The prep time for this is very quick. It only takes a few minutes to open the hens, mix the marinate and brown them. After that the hens do all the work.
You can easily adjust this recipe for two, four or whatever number of hens.
It's very nice served on a platter with rice.
Last weekend we served it with lots of vegetables because that suited everyone. MJ shared the spinach casserole recipe last year on MLK (click here to see that recipe) and we will be posting the Marinated Mushrooms in May.
We also liked this because, except for the baking dish (which could be your serving dish) we had no last minute dishes.
This spring we are still celebrating the arrival of The Christie Curse, our first book collector mystery. We're eagerly waiting for the cover of The Sayers Swindle, book two in the series, and can't wait to show you when it arrives. Maybe we should make ourselves this for dinner again. Hmmm.
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