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Roasting Cornish Game Hens. To brine or not to brine?

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Roasting Cornish Game Hens. To brine or not to brine?

nwmnnaturalist | Oct 27, 2012 08:53 AM

I'm planning a special meal for my folks and I've fallen in love with the flavor and ease of cooking of Cornish game hens. My mom's more used to bland chicken flavors, so she's not always that thrilled about the hens. My father loves them. Hopefully I can get mom warmed up to them more!

So I have a good rubbing spice ready, and plan to roast them in some brown paper bags (as tradition in our family). But I'm thinking about putting the hens in a brine to really get them juicy and ready to roast. Am I on the right track or is it completely unnecessary?

The spread is the game hens, some roasted new potatoes with green beans and asparagus in a rosemary cream sauce, some crescent rolls and for dessert, a sweet potato pie. I can be pretty lazy about cooking decent meals, but when I do cook something fresh I tend to really enjoy it. It's pretty hard to be enthusiastic since we don't have a lot of great ingredients where I live. Our growing season is pretty short, and the fresh and local scene is slowly getting under way. But I really try!

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