A Holiday Dinner for Two: ORANGE CORNISH HEN WITH FRESH ORANGE – ORANGE MARMALADE – ORANGE JUICE & TOPPED WITH ORANGE ZEST & PARSLEY –

-Cornish hen (thawed from frozen)

–orange (fresh, sectioned and then cut into pieces)

–orange marmalade (three-fourth’s jar)

–orange juice (one – half can, do not add water)

–orange zest (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, a handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – In a small mixing bowl, place the orange pieces, orange marmalade, and orange juice.  Stir well.  Place this sauce in a large, covered baking dish.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Place the uncut Cornish hen in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, orange zest, and parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes and 20 seconds.  Then carefully turn over (with 2 spatulas), and microwave for 6 minutes and 20 seconds more.

3 – Before serving, divide the Cornish into two pieces, just to the side of the backbone.

4 – Serve the hen hot, with the sauce over top.

–Cornish hen inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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