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By WBLiquors

Rate this recipe 4.4/5 (14 Votes)
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  • HENS
  • 2 game hens, rinsed and dried
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • THYME VELOUTÉ
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 medium shallot, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic butter
  • 1 tablespoon cognac or white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream, optional

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These sage rubbed game hens are perfectly sized birds for a dinner of two

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