ancho-rubbed game hen

2 Servings
Ancho chilies -- dried
8 cups Boiling water
2 tablespoons Garlic -- minced
½ teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Cilantro -- minced
2 cups Cornmeal
2 tablespoons Curry powder
2 tablespoons Cumin -- ground
  Salt and pepper
Rock Cornish game hens
  Breast -- skinned and boned
1 cup Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the ancho chilies in a large bowl, cover them with the boiling water, and soak them for 30 minutes to overnight. Drain the chilies well, then remove and discard the seed and stems. Place the chilies in a blender with the garlic, salt, and cilantro. Puree and set aside.

Combine the cornmeal, curry powder, cumin, salt, and pepper and spread in a jelly-roll pan. Spread the hen breasts generously and evenly with the chili puree, then dredge them in the seasoned cornmeal.

Place a large saute pan or skillet over high heat,. add the oil and heat until it begins to smoke. Add the hen breasts and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the topping is crisp. Turn the breasts, cook the other side until crisp, then transfer the breasts to the preheated oven to cook another 5 minutes, or until opaque throughout.

Recipe By : Bobby Flay, Mesa Grill/tpogue@...

From: Dave <davidg@...> Date: 7 Oct 1996 13:21:50 -0600

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