Award winning recipe
This is a very aromatic recipe and a sexy, romantic recipe as well. It can be labor intensive with all the chopping. Recommended for couples on a romantic date night, to share in the cooking, and eating. Enjoy. This is a very acidic recipe as well, to help keep the hens flavorful, moist, juicy and tender.
Mix all vegetables together along with garlic and shallots and keep in a separate bowl. Marinate Cornish hens with lemon, lime, orange juice and Sambuca liquor with half the olive oil. Season the Cornish hen liberally with Kosher salt & pepper. Be sure to season inside of cavity. Mix remaining oil and capers with brine in vegetable mixture. Stir vegetable mixture well. Place a bed of half the vegetable mixture on a sheet pan. Lovingly rub the remaining vegetables on and inside the hens. Next rub the chopped fresh herbs on the hens. Mix a little paprika with oil and rub on hens for color and browning. Preheat oven to 350º F. Place hens on vegetable mixture on sheet pan. Cook for 1 hour plus allow extra time for oven temperature variations. Adjust oven heat as needed to not burn the hens. Cook to a temp of 170º F. The vegetable will carmelize nicely and can be served as a side with the hens.
** A heart healthy recipe, and of course the alcohol is optional.