Roasted Cornish Hens with Dried Cranberries Marinade


2 TBSP soy sauce

2 TBSP balsamic vinegar

2 TBSP Sherry or Marsala wine

1/4 cup olive oil

2 shallots, minced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste



3 Cornish hens, about 1 1/2 pounds each, halved

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 bunch watercress, stemmed, for garnish


1. In a small bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients and stir to combine.

Put the hen halves in a lock-top plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Turn

the hens in the bag to coat them evenly. Close the bag and refrigerate for at

least 2 or up to 8 hours.


2. Preheat the oven to 425. Remove the hens from the marinade and place them

in a roasting pan, breast-side up. Pour the remaining marinade over. Roast the

hens, basting with the pan juices every 15 minutes, for 40 to 45 minutes, or

until golden brown.


3. Place the hens on a serving platter and cover loosely with aluminum foil.


4. Add the cranberries and wine to the roasting pan and set it on top of the

stove over medium-high heat. Cook to reduce the juices for about 3 minutes, or

until the cranberries are softened. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Spoon

over the hens, garnish with the watercress and serve immediately.


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