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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Romantic Dinner For Two On Valentine’s Day

This is the perfect way to tell that special someone, how much you really love him or her. The delicate taste of this dish and the beauty of it’s appearance, just screams romance in every way.
Honey-Glazed Cornish Hens
Glazed cornish hen
2 Cornish game hens, (about 1 1/2 lb. each)
1 tsp. fresh orange peel, grated
¼ c. orange juice concentrate, thawed, undiluted
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1 tbsp. honey
½ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. dried thyme
Oil or non-stick cooking spray
½ c. chopped onion
Fresh orange wedges, optional
1 tsp. cornstarch mixed with 1 tsp. cold water

Place game hens breast side down on a cutting board and cut in half along backbone. Remove skin and trim excess fat.
In a small microwave-safe dish, combine orange peel, lemon juice, orange juice concentrate, soy sauce, honey, garlic, onion powder, and thyme. Bring to boiling point in microwave oven; set aside.
Lightly grease a baking dish or spray with cooking spray.
Divide chopped onion into 4 portions in baking dish; place hens bone side down on onions.
Pour orange juice mixture over hens.
Bake hens at 350 for 45 minutes, basting every 10 to 15 minutes with cooking juices. If they brown too quickly, cover them loosely with aluminum foil.
When hens are done, remove from baking dish, onions and all, to warm dinner plates.
If desired, garnish with orange slices. Skim fat off juices in baking dish. If desired, thicken pan juices with a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 teaspoon of cold water. Serve juices on the side. Serve with hot cooked rice and green vegetable.

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