Cornish game hens basted with a compound butter

Jane Whittaker


GW had a rotissire when I moved in with him and didn't know quite what to make of it, so decided to give it a try.
Everything comes out so pefect! We are talking crispy skin, tender and juicy on the inside.
Basically a compound butter is butter with something else added in it. Fresh herbs are the bomb bc you cannot over do them.
Here's my spin on this.
I think if you don't have one of these you could easily just bake in the oven and baste with your butter and results would also be delish.


★★★★★ 2 votes

2 to 3
5 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 2 small
    cornish game hens, or other small fowl
  • 3/4 stick
  • 1 Tbsp
    minced garlic from jar
  • 1 tsp
    fresh parsley (using dried use less)
  • 10 medium
    freh sage leaves, fine chopped (using dried use less)
  • 1/2 tsp
    eash salt and peppet

How to Make Cornish game hens basted with a compound butter


  1. Attach birds to the spit.
  2. Melt butter, I use the defrost cycle of the microwave.
  3. Stir in your herbs, you can experiment and use any combo of things you like, I especially like garlic, sage, and parsley.
  4. Baste your birds generously with your compound butter and from time to time as they cook.
  5. I really didn't time these, but when they are good and golden they are usually ready, say 1 1/2 hours.

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About Cornish game hens basted with a compound butter

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American

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