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Celebrate Rosh Hashanah With Honey-Glazed Cornish Hens

L'Shanah Tovah (Happy New Year)! Last night was the beginning of the Rosh Hashanah. During this time of reflection and rejoicing, much of the celebration happens at the dinner table. The evening meal often includes the bounty of the autumn harvest, such as pomegranates, persimmons, and avocados. Honey is also significant during Rosh Hashanah, as it symbolizes the hope for sweet and joyful days in the year ahead.

To ring in the Jewish new year, which is observed through Wednesday night, I made honey-glazed Cornish hens. Since Cornish hens are smaller, they can be roasted whole in less time than it takes to make a roasted chicken. To get this holiday recipe,


Honey and Cumin-Glazed Cornish Hens

Honey and Cumin-Glazed Cornish Hens

Honey and Cumin-Glazed Cornish Hens


  1. Glaze
  2. 1/2 cup honey
  3. 2 tablespoons orange juice
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  5. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  6. 3 tablespoons cumin seed, toasted and crushed
  7. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 12 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  10. 4 Cornish hens, split in half
  11. Salt and pepper


  1. Combine glaze ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  3. Rinse hens and blot dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Using about a third of the glaze, brush both sides of hen halves.
  5. Place, skin side down, on a baking sheet with low sides. Place in oven and roast 10 minutes.
  6. Turn heat down to 375°F, brush hens again with half the remaining glaze and roast 5 minutes.
  7. Turn hens over and roast 10 minutes.
  8. Brush with remaining glaze and roast until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes more. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 8.

Mix the glaze ingredients.

Rinse the hens thoroughly with cold water.

Pat the hens to dry.

Brush the hens on both sides with the glaze before baking.

Glaze the hens twice more during baking (see instructions).

After the cornish hens are done baking, allow them to sit for at least 10 minutes. This technique will allow the juices to redis

Serve alone or with a festival Fall side, such as couscous with dried cranberries.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
This sounds too delicious! I must make this soon!
shmoo15 shmoo15 9 years
It looks delicious, but I have to admit that I'm not a giant honey fan. I know, I know. I'm ridiculous. For Rosh Hashanah I made a roast chicken rubbed in lemon and stuffed with rosemary, onion, and lemon rinds. I also made a luxion kugel, which was crazy delicious and extremely fattening.
mtiger mtiger 9 years
Yeah, I wonder how we would adjust the cooking times and temperature for chicken.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
This glaze sounds great!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I wonder if this would work well for chicken...
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 9 years
looks* hehe, I might have been too distracted by how yummy it looks!
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 9 years
That look delicious!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i can't say that my family has ever had cornish hens to ring in the new year - but i guess it makes sense since you're glazing it. we've always celebrates with apples and honey since that's traditional and the round challah rather than a braided one.
flyingroo flyingroo 9 years
I know what I'm cooking this weekend!
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
Oh, that looks so tasty!!!!
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