This is the second month I’m participating in the Fandom Foodies linkup, and so far, it’s been lots of fun! Last month, Alison’s Wonderland Recipes took us on a magical journey to Narnia. This month, Pretty Cake Machine is hosting, and the theme is “cats in media.”
Now, I am a huge fan of cats. Seriously, I like cats better than most people. They’re my favorite! But I wasn’t sure if I could participate in this linkup while staying true to the theme of my blog. But then I remembered a charming little movie called Puss in Boots.
I’m sure there have been tons of film adaptations of this fairy tale over the years, but the one I’m referring to is a live-action film released in 1988 starring Christopher Walken. Yes, that Christopher Walken. This is a low-budget film with ’80s-style hairdos and ridiculous song numbers. It is terrible and wonderful all at once.
Christopher Walken plays the title character, who transforms into a human from a cat when he is gifted a pair of boots. In his human form, Puss in Boots is always seen catching, cooking, and eating some type of bird or another, so I knew I’d have to cook up something poultry-related for this story.
I settled on Cornish hens because of a lavish feast that Puss in Boots prepares for everyone at the end of the film. He serves the fanciest-looking little Cornish hens, and I knew I had to try replicating them. Luckily, I was able to find some frozen Cornish hens at Aldi. At nearly $4 a piece, they were more expensive than larger chickens, but still affordable if you’re not feeding a crowd.
Puss in Boots’ Cornish Hens Recipe
- 2 Cornish game hens, thawed
- 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place the hens, breast up, in a roasting pan.
- Baste the hens with the melted butter, and sprinkle the salt and pepper over them.
- Roast the hens for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until an inserted thermometer reads 175 degrees F.
These gorgeous hens can be served with rice, potatoes, your favorite veggies, crusty bread, or whatever else you normally serve with chicken.
My favorite part about these Cornish hens was that I felt so fancy serving them for dinner, yet they didn’t require that much extra work from any other dinner I’ve made. No wonder Puss in Boots decided to serve them at the banquet!
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