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Pomegranate Honey Roasted Game Hens

Pomegranate juice adds flavor and color to these spicy, honey-kissed hens!

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F

Mix pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup honey, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper and garlic; pour over hens. Cover and marinate overnight or at least 8 hours in the refrigerator. Turn occasionally.

Drain hens, reserving marinade. Simmer marinade, covered for 10 minutes; set aside. Season hens with salt and pepper.

Bake hens basting frequently with reserved marinade until hens are just firm to the touch, about 25 minutes.

Remove from oven; tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Brush each half with 1/2 tablespoon honey.

Garnish with pomegranate arils and chopped pistachios.

How to Juice a Pomegranate:
Juicer Method:
Cut the fresh pomegranate in half as you would a grapefruit. We recommend using a hand-press juicer to juice a pomegranate. If you use an electric juicer, take care not to juice the membrane, so that the juice remains sweet. Strain the juice through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or sieve. Take care as pomegranate juice will stain clothing and hands.

Blender Method:
Place 1-1/2 to 2 cups seeds in a blender; blend until liquefied.
Pour through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or sieve. Take care as pomegranate juice will stain clothing and hands.

Rolling Method:
On a hard surface, press the palm of your hand against a pomegranate and gently roll to break all of the seeds inside (crackling stops when all seeds have broken open). Pierce the rind and squeeze out the juice or poke a straw into the fruit and press to release juice. Take care as pomegranate juice will stain clothing and hands.
NOTE: Rolling can be done inside a plastic bag to contain juice that leaks through the skin.

One medium pomegranate yields 1/2 cup juice


How to Remove Pomegranate Arils:
Arils can be purchased separately or try the Three Step-No Mess Method to remove pomegranate arils.

Three Step-No Mess Method:
1. Cut off the crown, then cut the pomegranate into sections.
2. Place the sections in a bowl of water. Roll out the arils (juice sacs) with your fingers. Discard the remaining white membrane and outer shell.
3. Strain to remove the water. Eat arils whole, seeds and all.

One medium pomegranate yields 3/4 cup arils

How to Toast Pistachio Nuts:
Nuts should be shelled. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts on a shallow baking tray and bake, shaking frequently, until fragrant and light golden, about 8 minutes.

Source: California Pomegranate Council

Please note that some ingredients and brands may not be available in every store.

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