Pomegranate-Honey Roasted Game Hens

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.
Total: 50 min.
A festive main course dish that is subtly sweet and laden with spices. Scalloped potatoes would be an ideal side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup honey (plus 3 Tbs)
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 game hens, split in half
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pomegranate seeds (garnish)
  • Roasted pistachios, chopped (garnish)

Directions

  • Mix pomegranate juice, ½ cup honey, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper, and garlic.
  • Pour the mixture over the game hens. Cover and marinate overnight, or for at least 8 hours in the refrigerator, turning occasionally.
  • Drain the game hens, reserving the marinade.
  • Simmer the marinade, covered for 10 minutes; reserve.
  • Season the game hens with salt and pepper.
  • Bake at 450°F, basting frequently with the reserved marinade, until game hens are just firm to the touch (about 25 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and let rest covered with a tea towel for 5 minutes.
  • Brush each half with 1/2 tablespoon of honey. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped pistachios.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 453
  Calories from Fat 213 (47%)
(36%)Total Fat 24g
(33%)Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
(57%)Cholesterol 170mg
(4%)Sodium 108mg
(12%)Potassium 437mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
(1%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 29g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(58%)Protein 29g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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