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Basil And Thyme Roasted Poussins

Type: Poultry
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 2 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 teaspoon 5mlMinced basil
1/2   Unsalted butter - softened
1 teaspoon 5mlMinced fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlFinely-grated fresh lemon zest
2   Poussins - (abt 1 lb ea)
  (or 2 Cornish hens (abt 1 1/4 lbs ea))
1   Lemon - halved (small)
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste
2 1/2 tablespoons 37mlWhite wine
2 1/2 tablespoons 37mlChicken stock
  Basil leaves - for garnish
  Thyme leaves - for garnish

Recipe Instructions

In a bowl, stir together the basil, butter, thyme, zest and salt and pepper to taste until combined well. Spoon mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a 3-inch long log. Chill compound butter, wrapped well in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 30 minutes, and up to 3 days.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Discard gizzards from birds and trim necks flush with bodies if necessary. Rinse birds inside and out and pat dry. Starting at neck end of each bird, slide fingers between meat and skin to loosen skin (be careful not to tear skin). Cut butter into eight 1/4-inch thick slices and gently push 4 slices under skin of each bird, putting 1 slice over each breast half and thigh. Tie legs of each bird together with kitchen string and secure wings to sides with wooden picks or bamboo skewers.

Arrange birds in a flameproof roasting pan large enough to hold them without crowding. Gently rub birds with lemon halves, squeezing juice over them, and season with salt and pepper. Roast birds in middle of oven 30 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of a thigh registers 170 degrees.

Transfer birds to a platter and loosely cover with foil to keep warm. Add wine and stock to the roasting pan and deglaze over moderate heat, scraping up brown bits. Transfer jus to a small saucepan. Skim fat from jus and simmer until reduced to about 1/3 cup.

Garnish birds with herbs and serve with jus.

This recipe yields 2 servings.

COOKING LIVE with Sara Moulton - Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine - From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # CL-9063 broadcast 02-11-1998) - Downloaded from their Web-Site -


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