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from "The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook" by Julee Rosso, Sheila Lukins and Sarah Leah Chase

Fresh parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme add the sweet fragrant taste just perfect for little hens. Butter and oil make them beautifully moist. Place on a bed of fresh herbs to serve.

6 portions

6 Rock Cornish Hens (3/4 to 1 pound each)*
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup snipped fresh chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons crumbled dried sage

* FreshDirect Note: Our game hens tend to run slightly larger—About 1.75 lb each.

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1. Rinse the birds and pat dry. Sprinkle the cavity of each bird with salt and pepper.
2. Process to a paste the butter, parsley, chives, rosemary, thyme and fresh sage in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Carefully separate the skin from the breast of each bird. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the herb butter between the skin and breast of each bird. Smooth the skin into place and truss.
3. Preheat oven to 450° F.
4. Rub the oil over the bird and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Finally, rub the dried sage evenly over each bird and place in a roasting pan.
5. Roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350° F. Continue roasting until juices run clear when the thickest part of a thing is pierced, about 40 more minutes. Baste frequently with the pan juices. Serve immediately.

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Product nutrition and information
 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  Cornish Game Hens, Grade A, Fresh - $3.99/lb
 Standard Pack
  Italian Parsley - $1.99/ea
  Chives - $2.49/ea
  Rosemary - $1.99/ea
  Thyme - $1.99/ea
  Sage - $1.99/ea
  Spice Supreme Ground Sage - $1.19/ea
You May Already Have
  Breakstone's All-Natural Unsalted Butter - $3.19/ea
 2ct, 4oz ea
  Morton's Regular Salt - $1.19/ea
  Gefen Ground Black Pepper - $2.69/ea
  O-Live & Co. Extra-Virgin Premium Olive Oil - $11.99/ea
 25fl oz
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