How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 500 with rack in upper third.
  • Cook bacon in 12" heavy skillet over med-low heat till crisp. Transfer to npaper towels to drain.
  • Add garlic to skillet and cook,stirring until golden,about 1 min. Transfer to paper towels with bacon.
  • Pat hens dry and season with 1-1/4 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp pepper. Heat fat in skillet over med-high heat until it begins to smoke. Brown 4 hen halves ,skin side up,about 6 mins. Transfer to a large sheet pan. Brown remaining hens,transferring to sheet pan. Reserve skillet.
  • Scatter thyme and figs over hens,then roast until hens are cooked through,about 15 mins. Meanwhile,deglaze skillet with lemon juice by simmering,stirring and scraping up browned bits,30 seconds.
  • Pour over roast hens. Scatter bacon and garlic over the hens. Enjoy!

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  • otterpond 8 years ago
    Is there is a step missing in the pre-heated oven. You have the hens browned in a skillet, then moved to a baking sheet, how long in the oven? Are you just crisping up the skin? I'm an absolute sucker for figs.
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    " It was excellent "
    lor ate it and said...
    I haven't had a Cornish hen in ages. I absolutely love the flavours here and this is most definitely a HIGH 5!!!
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  • chefelaine 10 years ago
    Cornish game hens are so good! I remember when they used to be relatively cheap -- now their price is so high, it's a rare treat!
    HIGH FIVE! :+D
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    " It was excellent "
    californiacook ate it and said...
    I think I saw this in Gourmet (with prosciutto), & saved. Can't wait to give it a try. Like the flavor combo.
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