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      Cornish Game Hen with Peaches, 7/15/14

      Gary Duke

      Alley Oops2 Cornish Game hens, split lengthwise or you can use your favorite piece of chicken4 strips of maple flavored bacon, diced2 peaches, pitted and sliced4 sprigs of rosemarysalt and pepper2 tablespoons lemon juice or white wine1. Cut your Cornish hen lengthwise in half and salt and pepper it, do the same to your chicken pieces if your are using chicken2. In a large skillet, cook your bacon to crispy, remove bacon to paper towel.3. In the bacon grease, brown your hens or chicken on each side. Remove from skillet and place on baking dish, skin side up. We are going to us the skillet drippings later so save them.4. Top poultry with peaches and rosemary sprigs and cook in a hot oven, 450 degrees, till juices run clear and internal temperature is 170 degrees. About 15 to 20 minutes depending on the cut of chicken.5. Meanwhile in skillet, add the lemon juice or white wine. Be sure to scrape down all the dripping form the bird, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for a couple of minutes, add salt and pepper to taste.6. Remove poultry form oven and pour your dripping over it, top with bacon and serve.

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