Let’s make these three ingredients rock the house. A date night meal should be a departure from the norm, but it can’t break the bank, either. Game Hens are nice because each diner gets the full roasted bird experience of white meat, dark meat, and of course both of the very tender “oysters” off the back. This recipe would also be lovely adapted to a magnificent holiday turkey, or even applied to other game such as quail.
Together the ingredients for this menu cost me about $15.
Incidentals (herbs, sugar, vinegar, butter, etc.)-$3
Watch out for 2 for $5 sales on the game hens, and of course sales on goat cheese to keep the price down on this little feast!
Brining is incredible in it’s ability to tenderize and flavor meat with so little effort. The acidity, salt and sugars seep into the meat and break it down, infusing it with flavor as it does it’s thing. Brine is simply a solution comprising of strong acidic, salty and sweet qualities. Dress it up with some nice aromatics such as celery, bayleaf, allspice, peppercorns, chili flake, anise, cinnamon, etc. and you have moved your food from good to gourmet.
If I were a chef serving this in a nice restaurant I would put this plate on the menu as:
Hormone-Free Game Hens rotisserie roasted with Chevre Cheese dressing. Accompanied by Spaghetti Squash spirals with Herbed Chevre $29
Sounds yummy, right? But why pay that much for a dinner like this that can be made by you for dirt cheap?
Here are some of the things we demonstrate the following principles/recipes/ideas in this episode
- How to make a roasting rack
- Wendy’s favorite technique to roast poultry
- Two creative uses of Chevre Cheese
- Spaghetti Squash
- A kick-butt Balsamic Dressing
- How to sneak up on your sweetie
Most of all, we just want you to enjoy the time you have with the ones you love, and we know that food is a wonderful way to come together. Season your food with love and happy thoughts as you cook, and you and your sweetie will be drawn closer together. Try it out!