Hillbilly Hens

Posted by francis keyser Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Taste Level: GR
Cost: $20 and Over
Serves: 10
Prep Time: 10-15 min.
Cook Time: 50-55 min.
Difficulty: 2

Zo and I were having a Hillbilly party and let me tell you... It is hard to actually figure out what a hillbilly was.  We noticed that we wanted to group the classification of hillbillies, rednecks and white trash all together.  But they are all very different once we really sat down and put some thought into it.  We came to the conclusions that hillbilly's are just regular people that live in the middle of nowhere.  I tried to think of what a hillbilly would use to cook with and it has to be easily accessible goods that can be picked up in most any convenience store or made at home with a garden and a little live stock.  I mapped out an idea and went to it!  Enjoy my take on Hillbilly Cuisine!

Ingredients:
5 Cornish hens

Rub
1 can tomato paste
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp essence
2 tbsp coffee rub
2 tbsp braising liquid from above.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp molasses

Braising liquid
3/4 cup chicken broth
12 oz oatmeal stout
1 tbsp 1 tsp essence
2 tbsp Louisiana hot sauce

Needed items
5 empty tomato paste cans (Rinsed out and labels removed)

Braising liquid
Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl and then split evenly between the 5 empty tomato paste cans.

Rub
Whisk together all rub ingredients in a medium bowl and sit to side until ready to use.

Hillbilly Hens
Rinse and pat dry all Cornish hens .  Rub Cornish hens inside and out with rub and then stick tomato paste cans full of braising liquid as far up as possible into the cavities of the hens.  Place Cornish hens bottom down onto a baking safe sheet and let sit for 1 1/2 hours covered on aluminum foil (on the counter at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Uncover and lace Cornish hens on baking sheet in oven and bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and recover with aluminium foil.  Let sit for 5-7 minutes before serving hot.  Enjoy!

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