Hoison Roasted Game Hens Tame This Hungry Beast

Today I am going to try and put things in perspective a little bit with Roasted Game Hens.

You see I have a confession to make. Sometimes I look at this blog I call Sippity Sup as a monster that needs constant feeding. And by feeding I mean choosing, writing and cooking recipes. Imagining and producing all sorts of witty commentary. Taking TasteGawker worthy photos, and responding in an intelligent manner to all the thoughtful and much appreciated messages from all of you.

Wine Pairing

Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Riesling QbA 

Dr. Loosen 'Dr. L' Riesling QbAWINE: 2008 Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Riesling QbA
Hoisin-Roasted Game Hens

The very subtle aromas of peach and citrus contradict the intensity of this wine’s racy and vibrant flavors of ripe peaches, grapefruit and limes.  The off-dry sweetness balances perfectly with the earthy sweetness of the hoisin glaze, and serves as a foil to the heat of the chili peppers.  With crisp acidity and low alcohol, this wine is a real “quaffer,” and is great as an aperitif also.

Grant Henry

Price $12

Pairs well with Asian food, duck, fruit and fruit-based savory sauces, ham and pork, salmon, spicy food.

I try and turn my back and let Sup! sit here quietly digesting whatever lovely little morsel or tasty tid-bit I last threw its way.

But that’s when I hear his plaintive wail. It’s nearly a moan. It seems that I am the only one that can hear it. Because it is me alone who is able to satiate his desire…so to my ears that sob is loud and clear. “Feed me!”, he bellows in what has now become his all too familiar mantra!

I know deep inside that this is really my problem, because I sometimes allow my monster to convince and cajole me into believing that he will grow to be big and strong. In the process bringing me the promise of unimaginable rewards, luxuries, and glamour! Everything I have ever wanted, including world domination. IF ONLYWOULD FEED IT ONE MORE TIME

cornish game hensThat brings me to my confession. Because I realize if I don’t get a grip on my monster then just like my favorite musical Little Shop of Horrors,  I can imagine losing all sense of right and wrong keeping up with the need to feed and care for my little monster. So I have learned to put my foot down. Because in these instances I find it best to turn my back on his yearning, step away from the computer and bring out something tried and true.

Roasted Game Hens

Today I have reached into my recipe file and pulled out an old favorite. Because sometimes I just have to remind myself that this is a food blog. World domination seems a bit far fetched.

Hoisin-Roasted Game Hens. serves 4 CLICK here for a printable recipe

Based on a Martha Stewart Recipe

  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1‑teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1–3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 or 2 fresh Serrano chilies or Thai bird, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1‑cup store bought prepared hoisin sauce

hoisin roasted game hens from sippity SipPlace the rinsed and well-dried hens into a shallow roasting pan

Add the garlic, coriander, ginger, lime juice, chilies and canola oil into the bowl of a mini food processor or blender. Puree the mixture into a chunky paste.

Rub the mixture over the hens, getting some under the skin where possible.  Stuff most of the cilantro into the cavity of each bird, saving some for garnish.

Tie the legs of the hens together tightly with kitchen twine. Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours.

When ready to roast. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush about 1/8 of a cup hoisin over each of the hens. Saving the remaining 1/2‑cup hoisin to baste the hens while roasting.

Roast the hens 40–45 minutes, basting occasionally. Serve hot


Greg Henry

Sippity Sup