I am so excited to be bringing you this recipe for Dutch Oven Cornish Hens and Potatoes, because not only is it both easy and delicious, but because it’s part of a 15-Course Meal progressive style dinner party brought to you by my friends at Wayfair.
That’s right! 15 bloggers. 15 courses. From start to finish, from cocktail to dessert we are bringing you straight to our tables for the most delicious gathering. The only thing more perfect is to have you literally at our tables. We should work on that next!
You can imagine that with 15 courses, the odds of me getting a dessert (my specialty) were pretty rare and as luck would have it I landed in the poultry category. And while it doesn’t sound that fabulous, I think we can agree that Dutch Oven Cornish Hens sounds like something you might want to eat! Planning a date night anytime soon? These little hens will make it look like you slaved ALL day long when in reality, you just need a good hour or so. When I told my husband what I was preparing for the 15-Course Meal, here’s how our text message conversation went:
Me: I think I’m going to make cornish hens for the Wayfair 15-Course Meal.
Him: Yes! I love those things!!!
Me: 3 exclamation marks? You’re that excited about cornish hens?
Him: We haven’t had them in forever. Make them. Do it. I love them!
So, friends, as any good wife in need of a poultry dish would do, I made him his cornish hens.
- 2 Cornish hens, small enough to fit into your desired Dutch Oven
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- pinch of salt
- 1 lemon, halved
- 2 sprigs, fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into wedges
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly pat the hens dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine the spices (cumin, coriander, paprika, thyme, pepper and salt). Season the cavities with half of the spice mixture and insert half of a lemon and 1 sprig of the rosemary. Tie the back legs together with twine to keep everything secure. Brush the hens with melted butter and season generously with the remaining spice mixture. Place in a Dutch oven (or cast iron skillet, roasting pan). Toss the sweet potatoes with the remaining butter and season with salt; surround the hens with the sweet potatoes. Add the remaining sprig of rosemary on top of the potatoes.
Place the hens in the middle rack of the oven and roast, uncovered for 50 minutes- 1 hour, until the skin is bronzed and the temperature reaches 180 degrees on a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh.
These roasted hens are spicy but not too spicy, roasted and golden to perfection, they are happy little hens. They really give the appearance of you going out of your way to prepare a nice meal. I roasted mine directly in my 1-quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven (also from Wayfair!) but you can use a roasting pan if you don’t have one.
Serve the hens alongside the sweet potatoes with a sprig of rosemary for garnish and you’re all set to impress. And it only took you 1 pot! They make a great romantic meal at home, but they would also work if you were having over the in-laws and wanting to show off your roasting skills, especially if the cast iron pot or dutch oven was a wedding gift!
Some other things you can make in your Dutch Oven is this Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Casserole or this Game Day Gumbo. I like that the Dutch Oven is perfect for large meals on the stovetop but also oven friendly as well.
We’re a little over halfway through the 15-course meal and it’s been super yummy thus far. I’m listing all of the bloggers participating below so you can catch up on the beginning of the meal and join us for the remainder!
Appetizer: Miss in the Kitchen
Cocktail: Sweet C’s Designs
Cheese: Two Places at Once Blog
Antipasto: Penney Lane Kitchen
Soup: Love Bakes Good Cakes
Salad: Fresh and Happy
Pasta: Susie Makes Supper
Intermezzo: Cooking with Ruthie
Fish: Wit Wisdom and Food
Vegetable: Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Meat: Made It Ate It Loved It
Chocolate Dessert: A Southern Mother
Fruit Dessert: Sunday Public
Coffee: Brewed Together
This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Wayfair.com. All opinions are entirely my own.