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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 10, Day 2

Roast Cornish Hens with Herb Sauce
Potato and Garlic Gratin
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Cooking time:  75 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       You can substitute a small chicken if your prefer; the roasting time will be about 10 minutes longer.

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:

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Total time: 20 minutes
    A lot of people don't like Brussels Sprouts.  A lot of people over-cook them.  Think there's a relationship?  As with most vegetables, simple and quick is (usually) best.  

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 75 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan with lid, baking dish for hens,
rack, gratin dish / potatoes, large bowl, medium
nonstick skillet with lid, 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           

     Take a 20 minute break.....
Back? Pour oil over hens
     Take a 10 minute break
Clean, trim, slice Brussels sprouts
Slice shallot for sprouts
Chop shallot for sauce, sauté with herbs
Add flour to shallots for sauce, stir
Whisk in wine
Whisk in stock, simmer
Remove from heat, cover to keep warm
Sauté sprouts, shallots
      Wait for hens, potatoe4s to finish
Remove hens, cover loosely with foil
Stir sprouts, add stock, cover
Check potatoes, remove when done
Arrange hens on small platter
Put sauce in sauce boat
Finish sprouts, serve all