UPC’s Slow-Cooker Smoked Prosciutto Wrapped Cornish Game Hen
Did you get all that? Now say it three times fast! Did you even manage to finish the first time before stumbling over the words? Because I didn’t, and it’s my own recipe!
I have been using my recently perfected Slow-Cooker Smoked Meat recipe quite often. I’ll likely formalize it as a post over one of the coming weekends, so that I can refer back to it specifically, rather than calling on several versions of it. Maybe I’ll make it a page on the site, where I discuss the techniques that I’ve used, and give some thought to the various options for a base for the “smoking” of the meat. I could look at some of the higher-starch vegetables which stand up to heat more effectively, like carrots and parsnips, and possibly even some herbs, like cinnamon or lemongrass (though that would be quite expensive). I could consider the flavor and value of the different bones that can be used…
The more I think about it, the more sense it makes to have a whole page dedicated to it. Like I do with The Bacon Project and The Egg Project. These are both regular enough, and interesting enough, to have their own dedicated space on my site. Maybe the Slow-Cooker Smoked Meat technique also qualifies. I guess you’ll all have to let me know what you think in the comments!
Cornish Game Hen:
This was an interesting decision. I’ve been seeing them pop up in the grocery store, blogs, commercials, and even occasionally in some of the food magazines that I read. I wanted to see what the hype was all about, so I picked one up at the nearest Whole Foods and brought it home. After a bit of research, it turns out that “Cornish Game Hen” really is just a fancy name for “Baby Chicken” – I suppose it’s the “Veal” of the chicken industry. I did some research on feed and found that commercial feed for the chickens that will be harvested as Cornish Game Hens is typically higher in protein than the regular chicken feed. But it’s still going to be the same old grain and bean feed that all other commercial animals are being fed. So other than being higher in protein, there’s no advantage that I can see in buying Cornish Game Hens over regular broiler chickens. Well, unless you need a fancy sounding meal.
- 1 Cornish Game Hen
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 4-6 slices Prosciutto
- 3 sprigs Sage
- Spices: Turmeric, Garlic
- Optional: Sea Salt, Pepper, Sage, Cinnamon
For the Slow-Cooker Smoked version: Be sure to add the bones to the pot before putting the Game Hen on top for the cooking and smoking. I keep my bones in the freezer in between uses.
1. Unwrap the Cornish Game Hen and thoroughly rub the skin with the coconut oil, then the garlic and turmeric.
2. Wrap the Cornish Game Hen with the prosciutto slices, making sure you get fairly even coverage on the top of the bird. It’s ok to be somewhat sparse on the bottom, since that will have all of the fat and juices dripping down on it.
3. Put the Prosciutto Wrapped Cornish Game Hen in the slow-cooker on the “Low” setting.
4. Layer the sprigs of sage across the top of the Prosciutto Wrapped Cornish Game Hen.
5. Cook for at least 4 hours, and as much as 8 for the smokey flavor to really penetrate the bird.
When it’s time to eat, the bird will be ready to serve directly from your slow-cooker. Now serve and enjoy!
Notes: This recipe will actually be a bit tastier if you can double it, cooking two birds in a slightly larger slow-cooker. The smokey flavor will be intensified by doubling this recipe.
- Should I do a “Slow-Cooker Smoked Meat Project” page where I discuss the different techniques to getting this flavor in an indoor slow-cooker?
- Have you ever eaten a “Cornish Game Hen”?
- After having seen this recipe, will you be trying it?
- Does knowing that it’s just a fancy name for “Baby Chicken” make any difference? (For me: nope.)
- Do you have a roast planned for this week, or this weekend? If so, what?