Game Hens Braised in Apple Brandy

Serves 4.

  •   2 Rock Cornish game hens, about 1½ lbs. each

  •   2 tbsp. olive oil

  •   1½ c. peeled and thinly sliced green apples

  •   ½ c. thinly sliced onions

  •   ¼ c. apple brandy

  •   ½ tsp. nutmeg

  •   1/3 c. half-and-half

  •   Salt and pepper, to taste

  •   Green apple slices, for garnish (optional)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, quickly brown birds in oil on all sides. Place apples and onions around birds. Pour brandy over birds and let heat for 1 minute, then carefully ignite, using a long fireplace match. Shake pan until flames subside.

    Dust top of birds with nutmeg. Cover Dutch oven and bake until internal temperature of thigh registers 180 degrees (about 25 to 30 minutes for 1-pound birds; 35 to 40 minutes for larger ones). Remove hens, apples and onions to a platter; keep warm in oven.

    Over medium-high heat, bring pan juices to a simmer, then stir in half-and-half. Let mixture cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently; season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour around birds and serve at once. Garnish with slices of green apple, if desired.

    Nutrition information per serving:

    Calories   600

    Carbohydrates   10 g

    Protein   42 g

    Fat   43 g

    including sat. fat   12 g

    Cholesterol   250 mg

    Sodium   127 mg

    Calcium   50 mg

    Dietary fiber   1 g

    Diabetic exchanges per serving: ½ fruit exch., 6-med fat meat exch., and 2½ fat exch.

    Broiled Rock Cornish Game Hen

    Serves 2.

    Note: A game hen can be broiled and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.

  •   3 tbsp. olive oil

  •   2 tbsp. dry red wine

  •   ½ tsp. honey

  •   2 tbsp. minced red onion

  •   1 clove garlic, minced

  •   ½ tsp. grated fresh ginger

  •   1 Rock Cornish game hen, about 1½ lbs.

  •   ¼-inch slice fresh ginger

    In a blender, combine oil, wine, honey, onion, garlic and ginger; process until smooth.

    With poultry shears, halve bird, starting at backbone and continuing along breastbone. Rub skin with slice of fresh ginger.

    Preheat broiler. Brush each game hen half with oil mixture and place, skin side down, on broiler pan.

    Broil 5 inches from heat, brushing with sauce every 3 to 4 minutes, until internal temperature of thigh reaches 180 degrees, about 8 to 10 minutes per side. Serve hot.

    Nutrition information per serving:

    Calories   530

    Carbohydrates   1 g

    Protein   41 g

    Fat   38 g

    including sat. fat   10 g

    Cholesterol   240 mg

    Sodium   120 mg

    Calcium   26 mg

    Dietary fiber   0 g

    Diabetic exchanges per serving: 6 med-fat meat exch., and 1½ fat exch.