Chef Edward Lee swears by sorghum's not-too-sweet, not-too-bitter flavor, but if you can't find it, molasses works.

Source: Midwest Living


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  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

848 calories; 54 g total fat; 14 g saturated fat; 10 g polyunsaturated fat; 26 g monounsaturated fat; 337 mg cholesterol; 1245 mg sodium. 1249 mg potassium; 29 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 14 g sugar; 59 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 12900 IU vitamin a; 32 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 1 mg riboflavin; 16 mg niacin equivalents; 1 mg vitamin b6; 56 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 105 mg calcium; 3 mg iron;