Pomegranate-Honey Roasted Game Hens

Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
1
Pomegranate-Honey Roasted Game Hens

Pomegranate juice adds flavor and color to these spicy, honey-kissed holiday hens.

  • 6 ServingsServings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup and 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 game hens, split in half
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • Chopped, roasted pistachio nuts for garnish

Preparation

For 1 cup of juice, put 1-1/2 to 2 cups of seeds in a blender; blend until liquefied. Pour mixture through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or sieve.

Mix pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup honey, and next 5 ingredients; pour over hens. Marinate, covered, overnight or at least 8 hours in the refrigerator. Turn occasionally. Drain hens, reserving marinade. Simmer marinade, covered for 10 minutes; reserve. Season hens with salt and pepper. Bake at 450 degrees F, basting frequently with reserved marinade, until hens are just firm to the touch, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven; let rest covered with a tea towel for 5 minutes. Brush each half with 1/2 tablespoon honey. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped pistachios.

Source: California Pomegranates