Outstanding! It is super easy to remove the backbones with a good pair of poultry shears, and the dry brine and overnight drying does help crisp the skin, but mine finished cooking and still need a little more crisping, so I ran them under the broiler a few minutes.
Definitely make more sauce.
OMG - Amazing recipe. I tripled the sauce, and not a single drop remained. Didn't even add the pan drippings, since there was enough taste and residual drippings with the original broth recipe. We had a dinner party for 11 for our 25th wedding anniversary, and served this, along with a polenta with roasted kabocha squash, carmelized onions and goat cheese, surrounded by roasted veggies, plus a mixed greens salad with figs and a balsamic dressing. Our guests were bowled over. I'll try this with a roasted chicken next time. A keeper, and repeat performer.
Very good. The dry brining method really does work and is much more convenient than wet brining. I might recommend a flash under the broiler at the end (I needed a little more browning). I served this on Thanksgiving instead of turkey. The port sauce was a nice alternative to cranberry sauce.
I'm so glad after reading the reviews that I doubled the sauce. This was SOOOOO much fun to make. I got to use my kitchen shears AND my butcher knife. Yee haw! I've never dry brined before but will use this method again and again. It was absolutely easy to make and very very delicious. I made it twice in one week for my family and paired w the Orecchiette, brussel sprouts, gorgonzola with buttered pecans pasta dish in the same issue. A little French ... a little Italian ... who knew!!! Delicioso!!!!
A delicious and very special dish. Splitting and cutting the hens is somewhat time consuming but the rest of the recipe is simple. Do not skip the day of drying in the refrigerator as it really does help the skin brown and crispen beautifully. The sauce is excellent. I tripled the sauce for leftovers and am glad I did.
This easily deserves 5 stars. So easy, yet so elegant. I look forward to making this in the future for a dinner party.
Absolutely fabulous. Made it for our friends for their 39th anniversary dinner. My husband was still saying how good it was the next day.
I made this for a dinner with friends and it was delicious. I followed all of the instructions and it came out perfect! The only thing I would change is that I would double the sauce recipe, everyone wanted more!