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    Butterflied Cornish Hens with Sage Butter (Gluten-Free)

    Jefferson Adams
    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Butterflied cornish hens make a great substitute for chicken or turkey. Photo: CC--ken hawkins
    Caption: Butterflied cornish hens make a great substitute for chicken or turkey. Photo: CC--ken hawkins

    Celiac.com 01/05/2016 - I love Cornish hens. They're as easy to make as chicken, and seem to make any occasion more special.

    Photo: CC--ken hawkinsIn this version, Cornish hens are butterflied, then prepared in a sage butter to deliver a savory dinner entree. It's easy to make and sure to please.

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    • 2 Cornish game hens, butterflied, about 1-1½ pounds each
    • 2 strips bacon, chopped
    • ½ stick butter, softened
    • 3-4 sage leaves, finely chopped
    • zest of ½ lemon
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Splash of olive oil

    Heat oven to 425F.

    Place hens on a sheet tray fitted with a cooling rack in the refrigerator to dry skin out for 1 hour.

    Meanwhile, in a small pan over medium heat, melt butter with sage, zest, salt and pepper.

    Remove hens from refrigerator.

    Heat 2 large sauté pans over medium heat, lightly coat with oil.

    Season hens with salt and pepper and sear, skin side down, in the pans.

    Sear about 7 to 10 minutes, until skin turns golden brown and crispy.

    Flip birds over, and baste with sage butter.

    Sprinkle tops with chopped bacon and place in heated oven to finish cooking, 25 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally.

    Rest birds at least 10 minutes before serving warm.

    Serves up to 4 people.


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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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