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Cornish Game Hens With Spinach Sauce

Buca di Beppo Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Serves 4-6

4 (1 lb.) Cornish hens (bone in, skin on split breast about 6 large) or 4 lbs. chicken breasts (bone in, skin on split breast about 6 large)
1 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped fresh
1 tablespoon oregano, dried

Spinach Sauce:
1 quart heavy cream
4 ounces garlic cloves, sliced
1 pound spinach, frozen (drained well and chopped)
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2 ounces butter

To prepare the hens, split open the back of each Cornish game hen with a sharp knife or poultry shears.Remove the giblets, rinse under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Flatten leaving hens in one piece. Place olive oil, crushed red pepper, rosemary, oregano and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Add hens to the mixture and marinate for about 2 hours, turning the hens from time to time.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the hens on a large sheet pan, skin side down. Spoon some of the marinade over the hens. Bake for about 45 minutes, turn the hens skin side up and continue baking for another 30 minutes, or until the meat is done and skin is golden brown and crisp.

Remove the hens from the oven, place on serving dishes and top with Spinach Sauce.

To prepare Spinach Sauce bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
Add the garlic. Cook until the cream is reduced by half. Add the spinach, salt and pepper, and heat through, cooking for about 5 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and add butter. Mix well until the sauce has thickened. If you prefer a smoother sauce, puree in a blender or food processor.

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