There is nothing better than mashed potatoes with crispy, roasted poultry! The preparation for the game gens is one that I've used to roast chicken for years. The combination of lemon, garlic and onion and basting the make delicious, juicy and golden poultry.
The potato recipe was inspired by one prepared by my son-in-law recently. Nothing like getting two veggies in one side dish!This would be a great side-dish for Thanksgiving and the game hens would make a perfect Thanksgiving dinner for two.
Lemon-Herb Roasted Game Hens
2 Cornish Game Hens thawed in refrigerator for 24 hours
Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon garlic powder, or 2 cloves or garlic, minced
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme, basil or a combination of both (optional)
Salt and freshly ground Tellicherry pepper
Preheat oven to 375F.
Cut thawed game hens in half through the breast and backbone using a poultry shears or sharp chef's knife, removing backbone. Remove excess fat, rinse and pat dry with paper toweling. Place the halved game hens on a baking sheet, skin side up. Drizzle lemon juice over each half and sprinkle with garlic and onion powders and season with salt and pepper.
Roast in 375F oven for about one hour and 15 minutes or until golden brown, basting with pan juices every 10 minutes during last 30 minutes.
Potato and Carrot MashersAdapted from Bon Appétit | February 1998
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
1/2 pound carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup fat free half and half
2 tablespoons butter
4 cloves of garlic, roasted
Rub a little olive oil on 4 cloves of unpeeled garlic. Place on small baking sheet and roast in 350 degree oven for approximately 8 minutes. Cool slightly and squeeze the roasted garlic out of their skins.
Cook potatoes and carrots in separate, medium saucepans of boiling salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and carrots. Return each vegetable to its own pan and shake over heat to dry slightly. Mash carrots coarsely, leaving some larger bits. Mash potatoes normally with roasted garlic, butter and half and half. Transfer mashed carrots to mashed potato mixture and blend with a large spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Potatoes can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead of time. Let stand at room temperature and reheat covered over low heat. Stir before serving to test for warmth.