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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 8, Day 2

Cornish Game Hens with Herb Sauce
Potato and Garlic Gratin
Savory Brussels Sprouts

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

      There are a lot of components to this dinner, but, with the hens and potatoes roasting in the oven, it's still easy.

Cornish Game Hens with Herb Sauce

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Small, perfectly roasted hens make an elegant presentation for individual servings (with maybe a snack leftover).   Remember to put bowls for bones on the table - and wet towels for fingers.

Cornish Game Hens with Herb Sauce Ingredients:

Herb Sauce Instructions:

Potato and Garlic Gratin

Total time: 70 minutes  
   Simple ingredients but complex tastes.  Yes, there is a lot of garlic, but it bakes with the potatoes, turning soft and sweet and giving a wonderful flavor to the dish.  Discard the bay leaves.... This is based on a recipe from Provence the Beautiful

Potato Garlic Gratin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Savory Brussels Sprouts

Total time: 20 minutes
   Sliced, fried in olive oil with bacon and onion, then finished with Worcestershire sauce and vinegar.... Not your usual Brussels Sprout.

Savory Brussels Sprouts Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 70 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan with lid, baking dish for hens with
rack, gratin dish for potatoes, 2 medium nonstick
skillets, foil
Turn oven on 400F (200C), arrange 2 shelves
Prepare hens
Mix herbs, butter, place in hens
Arrange wings, tie legs
Rub with butter, sprinkle herbs, salt
Bake hens, with meat thermometer if possible....
Boil water
Peel, cut garlic
Slice potatoes
Put potatoes, oil in bowl, mix well
Assemble potato gratin
Pour water over, bake

      30 minute break.....
Back?   Spoon oil over hens
Chop shallot for sauce, sauté with herbs
Clean, trim, slice Brussels sprouts, set aside
Add flour to shallots for sauce, stir
Whisk in wine
Whisk in stock, simmer
Remove from heat, cover to keep warm
Sauté bacon for sprouts
Remove bacon, add sprouts, onions, sauté
When done, remove hens, cover loosely with foil
Check potatoes, remove if done, if not 5 min.
Stir sprouts
Add Worcestershire, vinegar, thyme, stir
Add bacon to sprouts
Arrange hens on small platter
Put sauce in sauce boat and
Serve all