Simple Roast Butterflied Cornish Hens
Why This Recipe Works
For our simplest Cornish hens recipe, we simply butterflied the birds and then roasted them on a rack set in a baking sheet. A little butter rubbed onto the skin promote better browning, and pricking the skin before the birds went into the oven prevented any bubbling. The ideal roasting temperature, as it turned out, was 400 degrees, with a quick blast under the broiler at the end of cooking to promote browning.