Cornish Game Hens with Root Vegetable Hash
For marinade: In a medium saucepan, stir together the orange juice, sorghum, lemon zest and juice, bruised (slightly crushed) rosemary sprigs, 2 cloves garlic and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to boiling; remove from heat. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool.Advertisement
Place hens in a large resealable plastic bag set in a large pan. Add marinade. Seal bag. Chill for 2 hours or overnight.
In a large roasting pan, combine the carrots, parsnips, turnips, sweet potato and onion. Add oil, snipped rosemary, remaining 2 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; toss to coat and spread mixture evenly in pan. Set aside. Remove hens from marinade, reserving marinade. Pat hens dry. Season with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place hens on top of vegetables in pan. Bake in a 375° oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare glaze: Strain the marinade through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding solids. Place 1/2 cup marinade in a small saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Spoon glaze over hens. Bake hens 25 minutes more or until done (165°). (Due to the sugar content in the marinade, the hens will turn a dark mahogany color, looking almost burnt in spots, but you can loosely tent them with foil if the skin actually starts to burn.) Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.