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Hen in Hay

Roasting Cornish game hens in hay is an ancient technique that imparts grassy, earthy flavors to the meat. Paired with robust root vegetables, this hearty meal is perfect for cold-weather months.


2-4 C alfalfa or other hay/grass (clean/suitable for human use)

4 Cornish game hens

6 Markon First Crop Carrots, scrubbed and cut into large chunks

1 C red pearl onions

1 C Cippolini onions

2 C tiny potatoes

1/4 + 2 Tbsp. C olive oil

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


Arrange hay/alfalfa in individual cast iron skillets as base for cooking hens. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Toss all vegetables with 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Rub hens with remaining 1/4 cup oil. Arrange hens on hay, then fit equal portions of vegetables around the birds. Season all with salt and pepper and roast until hens are cooked through, yet still tender (not dry) and vegetables are browned (approximately one hour).