Roasted Cornish Hen with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: about 1 hour

A tasty alternative to chicken using our Char Crust® Roto Roast Dry Rub Seasoning! Follow the directions below to serve as many people as you like. For lazy cooks (like us) we recommend baking the sweet potatoes to avoid having to peel them, then cook the hens while you mash the potatoes.

Ingredients for the hens:
Cornish Hens — allow 1 per person
Char Crust® Roto Roast Dry Rub Seasoning— about 2 Tbsp. per bird

Preheat oven to 450°. Rub entire surface of birds with Char Crust® Roto Roast Dry Rub Seasoning, including inside the cavity. Roast in roasting pan for 10 minutes, then turn oven temperature down to 375°. Continue cooking until juices run clear. Use meat thermometer for food safety.

Ingredients for the sweet potatoes:
Sweet potatoes or yams, medium-sized — one per person
Milk or cream — 1/4 cup per potato
Butter — as desired
Southern Comfort® — 1/2 teaspoon per potato
Dark brown sugar — 1 Tbsp. per potato

Preheat oven to 350°. Poke potatoes with a fork, then bake them in oven, directly on rack, with a cookie sheet or foil on another rack below (to catch drips and keep your oven clean). When potatoes are cooked through and soft, remove from oven. Cut each potato in half and let cool a bit. (Now would be a good time to start the cornish hens).

Once the hens are cooking, use an oven mitt to hold each potato half while you use a big serving spoon to scoop out the flesh into a oven-safe bowl. (So much easier than peeling!). Add other ingredients and use a hand masher to blend everything together. Serve immediately or cover the bowl with an tightly fitting oven-safe lid, or with foil, and put into oven while the hens are cooking.