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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 11, Day 2

Grilled Cornish Hens with Spicy Rub
Potato and Chard Gratin

Cooking time:  70 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        The little chickens are perfect for a single serving and any leftovers are perfect for snacks.

Grilled Cornish Hens (Poussin) with Spicy Rub

Total time: 60 minutes 
    Cooked over indirect heat with a spicy rub gives these hens a crisp, flavorful skin.  Both the dry mustard and pepper add a bit of heat.

Grilled Cornish Hens (Poussin) with Spicy Rub Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Potato and Chard Gratin 

Total time: 70 minutes 
      A simple, dish with few ingredients, this highlights the fresh taste of chard (Swiss Chard) in summer.  Use a deep dish and pile it high.  It wilts and compacts as it bakes.  Add the cheese at the end or it all ends up on the foil.  The top layer of potatoes looks a bit strange balancing on top of the chard, but it all comes together.

Potato and Chard Gratin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

 

Cooking Schedule: 70 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, baking dish, foil, barbecue grill
and tools
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Light / turn on barbecue grill
Wash, trim, slice chard
Heat stock in microwave or saucepan
Slice potatoes
Lightly oil baking dish
Arrange layer of potatoes

Add chard, herbs to baking dish
Drizzle with hot stock, press down
Add remaining potatoes, cover, bake
Prepare birds, rub with oil
Make rub, sprinkle on hens, pat down, cook hens
      40 minute break - but mind the birds
Slice cheese
Uncover gratin, add cheese, bake
     10 minute break
Birds done?  remove, let rest
Remove Gratin
Serve

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