These Crispy Cornish Game Hens are genius because they are small, cook easily and quickly, and still have that element of “fancy.” They make a perfect holiday meal but also an everyday weeknight dinner. Stuff them with Sausage and glaze them with Cranberries, and you’ve got yourself something extra special to eat.
Crispy Cornish Game Hens bring out my inner fancy. I only have an “inner” fancy. “Outer” me is the sort who doesn’t own a pair of heels, or any jewelry at all, or even anything that could be considered fancy, even in the dark with only one eye open. Nothing fancy happening here.
That is, until I whip out the Crispy Cornish Game Hens. Suddenly I am imagining myself in heels hosting dinner parties by candlelight. Maybe five course dinners. Maybe desserts that require a torch, or at least imported chocolate. Maybe I should find the fancy stemware I put in a box in the garage somewhere.
This is what Cornish Game Hens do to me.
Reality Check: I cook up a few game hens, and they are every bit as fancy, with their cranberry glaze and sausage bread stuffing, as I imagine them to be. They are also so easy to make that during the cooking process, I start to remember how not very fancy I am and I make the kids set the table. They channel their inner fancy and we do have candles, but no fancy stemware. Instead of all the guests, we just invite Grandma and Grandpa over. And we skip the five courses and just eat the game hens with their stuffing and some roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes. I don’t make dessert, but a few hours later the kids talk me into making some chocolate pudding while we watch an episode of Dr. Who.
Decidedly not fancy, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way.
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