Sauce for Cornish Game Hens?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by alblancher, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I am feeding the extended family and since we are getting together around 11:00 am I thought I would do an extended appetizer menu. I am doing several Cajun dishes two of which are dark roux based, ABTs, salmon canapés and I will split some game hens for the smoker.

    After smoking I want to quarter the hens, serve them like a finger food. Can anybody recommend a sauce that would go with the smoked game hens?

    Al
     
  2. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    This one is courtesy of Alton Brown:

    Tart Cranberry Dipping Sauce

    1 pound frozen cranberries
    2 cups orange juice
    3 cups ginger ale
    2 T maple syrup
    2 T light brown sugar
    1/2 t kosher salt
    1 orange zested

    Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.

    Carefully puree with stick blender or blender until smooth. Check for seasoning and serve in small ramekins.

    Enjoy, John
     
  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You know, I have a bunch of Mayhaws that I could use instead of the cranberrys keeping it close to home and a bit of Steins cane syrup instead of maple.

    Thanks for the directions, I hope you don't mind if I think outside the box a bit.

    Al
     
  4. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That sounds wonderful. Im going to have to jot that one down... The problem is that I have "jotted" so many down I end up losing them sooner or later.
     
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    sounds like a nice feast.
     
  6. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds fabulous. What time should we be there?
     
  7. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

     
  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Restraunt I worked in back in high school, we used to do a Kiwi sauce with cornish game hens that went awesome with them. Basic recipe is:

    6 Kiwi skinned and cut into quarters
    Juice of 1 lemon or 1/2 of an orange
    1/4-1/2 C of honey
    Pinch of ground cayane pepper
    (optional zest of the lemon or orange)

    Put it all in a pot an heat till it simmers, simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Dump into a blender and puree (carefull!! blending hot foods turns blender into a volcano, use a hand towel foled up to hold lid on tight!). Let it cool in the fridge - it will thicken up. Makes a very nice dipping sauce for game hens, ducks, ect. Fast easy and can make a few days in advance to cut down on last minute cooking.
     
  9. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    That sounds unique Kiwi Sauce, no reason not to make two sauces

    Thanks,

    Al
     
  10. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I liked it because it was a light clean tasting sauce. It didn't cover the flavor of the meat and didn't coat the inside of your mouth so much that you couldn't taste other stuff... lol.
     

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