Super Radical Game Hens with Avo Studded Yams

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Cornish Game Hens!

You’ve seen them, but have you ever bought one?

What does Cornish even mean?

Today’s recipe was inspired by the little birds we see popping up around the holiday season. You don’t really see them around at other times of the year, but you can find them if you look. They cook quickly and go down easily, but people rarely buy them because they don’t know what to do with them.

I break it down about as easily as you can. There’s no tying, no brining or fancy preparation, just a no frills approach that turns out toothsome! Give the video a gander, get some game hens at your grocer and give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

If you’re looking for my Super Radical Rib Rub, you can find it here.

If you’re looking for the video for Massie Mayo, click here.

A quick story about Game Hens…

Back in 2007, I spent some time in the kitchen at Le Bernardin in New York City. One of the regular clients loved to bring friends to the restaurant and wasn’t afraid to spend some coin on a nice dinner and fine wine. The only thing… He didn’t eat seafood! If you know anything about Le Bernardin, it is essentially a seafood restaurant. There are no other options on the menu except for Foie Gras. However, when this particular gentleman was in house, they’d pull out a cornish game hen and roast it to perfection. They’d serve seafood to all of the guests, and for the host, yard bird! It blew my mind, but I understood because he was paying the bill. Even in the finest of the world’s restaurants, money talks. Or should I say, it gives your food legs?

Have a great day, guys! And, do your best to…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(With Grandpa and “The Bro!” at Christmas, where I’m skiing right now! We got 12 fresh inches… #lessscreensmorescreams)

Super Radical Game Hens with Avo Studded Yams

Ingredients List:

  • 3 Cornish Game Hens, thawed, rinsed and patted try with paper towel
  • 3 Tablespoons Super Radical Rib Rub
  • Olive Oil, as needed
  • ½ red onion, small dice
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • ½ Serrano pepper, minced
  • 4 cups yam puree
  • ½ avocado, small dice
  • 6oz. chicken stock (or water)
  • Chipotle Massie Mayo, to garnish (Massie Mayo mixed with Chipotle puree)
  • Cilantro to garnish

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Season hens inside and out with Super Radical Rib Rub and place on a bakers rack over the top of a foil lined sheet pan. Roast until breast meat reaches 165 degrees F.
  3. While hens are cooking, heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add a squeeze of olive oil, the red onions and a pinch of salt. Stir to coat onions with oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions caramelize.
  5. Add Serranos to the pan, stir and cook for 30 seconds. Then, add yam puree and fold onions and Serranos into yams.
  6. Use a 4-8oz. of chicken stock to help loosen up the yams and make them easier to stir. The liquid will eventually cook off and infuse its flavor. You can use water to accomplish this, but chicken stock is better.
  7. Bring yams to a simmer, stir and reduce heat to low.
  8. When game hens are done, fold the avocado into the yams. Transfer yams to a serving platter, top with hens and finish with Chipotle Massie Mayo and cilantro.
  9. Bon Appetit! Enjoy with your friends and family and smile because you are…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (18)

Our Cornish hens, precooked weigh somewhere between 8-16oz. We are going to say on average that they are around 12oz each, and then after cooking and deboning they weigh around 6oz each. With 1oz equaling one block, that gives us 6 blocks per hen, or about 18 protein blocks total.

Carbohydrates: (21)

Most of our carbs are coming from the yam puree. We know that about 1/5 of a cup equals one block, so with 4 cups worth that gives us 20 carb blocks. Additionally we have about one block total from the ½ red onion and ½ Serrano pepper for a total of about 21 blocks.

Fats: (13)

Our fats come from our avocado and any Massie Mayo we add into the recipe. For every tablespoon of Mayo we add, we add 9 Fat blocks, and the ½ avocado gives us about 4 Fat blocks for a total of 13 blocks.

Balancing Act:

We can divide this meal into 6-7 meals, with 3 protein blocks, 3-4 carb blocks, and 2-3 Fat blocks.

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