I believe we have finally made delicious Cornish Hens! The problem with hens is that we always have to buy them frozen, and they are rock hard. This time I did a slow thaw – they have been in the refrigerator for a full 7 days and they were perfectly defrosted!
The weather was so nice this afternoon, I decided to sit outside while Ed played in the back yard – turns out he likes to find toads!
And I read Gourmet Magazine – quite possibly my favorite foodie magazine for the writing – their food writers are amazing – and yes, I do read a magazine like a book!
I bought the wild rice mix and cooked it in our rice maker – again, perfectly cooked!
I used the dry rub from our Chicago Style ribs for the hens – I think it was a tad too spicy for Tony – just on the edge of his heat tolerance!
After I stuffed the hens, I trussed them to keep the wings in (so they don’t burn) and to hold in the rice stuffing.
Then I rubbed them generously!
While we were waiting for the coals to get to temperature – Tony noticed a baby blue bird next to our house – it couldn’t fly! It was so sad, we thought it maybe was the runt and got pushed out by the momma. A little while later we saw both the momma and the papa come after their baby – so sweet! Luckily we got Ed in the house in the nick of time – he almost made the blue bird dinner!
Now back to the hen – the best thing I have ever used in cooking meat is a probe temp gauge – I don’t think I’ve overcooked any meat in ages with this thing!
When I picked off the meat from what was left – there was A TON of meat left!
I’ll have to figure out what to do with the leftovers – maybe mini chicken pot pies??
You definitely have to come back tomorrow for FAFDFFF – i.e. First Annual Father’s Day Fried Food Fest!
Just some of the things on our menu??
- Potato skins
- beer battered shrimp
- onion rings
- fried zucchini
- fried cheese
But the best thing is Tony’s breakfast – so simple I am bummed I didn’t think of it myself! And yes, its fried too!
Hope everyone had a great day – see you for Papa Day tomorrow!