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BRAISED CORNISH HENS

Category:    Poultry
Yield:6 servings
 
     12 oz Baking Potatoes                     1 ts Salt
  1 3/4 c  Chicken Broth                       1 ts Oleo, Unsalted
     14 oz Turnips, Peeled & Cut Into          3    (1 Lb) Cornish Game Hens
           1/2 in. Cubes                       2 tb Clarified Butter
      7 oz (1) Golden Delicious Apple,       1/4 c  Calvados, Applejack OR
           Peeled & Cut Into 1/2 in.                Brandy
           Cubes                             1/2 c  Unsweetened Apple Juice
    1/2 ts Marjoram                                 Red And Green Skinned
    1/4 ts Thyme                                    Appple
    1/4 ts Grated Nutmeg                            Wedges
    1/8 ts Rosemary                                 Watercress
 
  Position Rack in Center Of Oven & Bake Potatoes Until Tender, About45 Min.
   Meanwhile, Combine 1 C. Broth With Next 6 Ingredients in Heavy Medium
  Saucepan. Cover & Simmer Until Turnips & Apple Are Tender, About 30 Min.
  Drain Off Any Liquid & Reserve.  Halve Potatoes And Scoop Flesh Into
  Saucepan With Turnip Mixture.  Mash To Lumpy Texture. Mix in 1 t. Oleo,
  Salt & Pepper.  Cook Completely. Maintain Oven At 425 Degrees. Stuff Turnip
  Mixture Into Cavities Of Hens.  Skewer & Lace Closed. Truss Hens To Hold
  Shape.  Heat Clarified Butter in Large Heavy Skillet Over High Heat. Pat
  Hens Dry.  Add To Skillet And Brown On All Sides, 6 To 8 Min. Transfer Hens
  To Platter.  Pour Calvados Into Skillet. Boil Until Reduced To Rich Brown
  Glaze, Scraping Up Any Browned Bits, About 20 Seconds. Mix in Remaining 3/4
  C. Broth, Apple Juice And Any Liquid Reserved From Turnips. Boil Until
  Thickened Slightly, 4 To 5 Min. Return Hens To Skillet, Breast Side Up.
  Baste Generously With Pan Liquid.  Bake Until Hens Are Tender When Pierced
  With Fork, Basting Every 10 Min., About 30 Min.
   Cook Hens 15 Min., Basting Frequently With Pan Drippings.  Remove Pins And
  String.  Split Each Hen Lengthwise.  Transfer To Heated Platter. Garnish
  With Apple Wedges And Watercress. Preheat Oven At 425.
 

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