Basil and thyme roasted poussins

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 teaspoon Basil; minced
½ \N Stick unsalted butter; softened
1 teaspoon Fresh thyme leaves; minced
¼ teaspoon Finely grated fresh lemon zest
2 \N Poussins; (about 1 pound each) or 2 small cornish hens (about 1 1/4 pounds each)
1 small Lemon; halved
2½ tablespoon White wine
2½ tablespoon Chicken stock
\N \N Basil and thyme leaves


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 form 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 ¼-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 ⅓ cup.

Garnish birds with herbs and serve with jus.

Yield: 2 servings

Notes: Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine Recipe by: Cooking Live Show #CL9063 Posted to MC-Recipe Digest by "Angele and Jon Freeman" <jfreeman@...> on Mar 7, 1998

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