Braised Cornish Game Hens with Bacon and Cabbage - Instructions
Season the game hens generously on all sides with salt.
Warm the olive oil in a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add the
game hens and brown on all sides, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the game hens to a large plate
and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium, add the leeks to the pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly
softened and translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the bacon and cook until golden brown and fragrant,
about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the cabbage,
lightly salt and toss to coat with the bacon fat. Cook until the cabbage is slightly wilted, 2 to 3
Increase the heat to high, add the wine and bring to a boil. Scrape the bottom of pan with a wooden
spoon to loosen any brown bits. Stir in the chicken broth and thyme. Lower the heat to medium and place
the game hens and any accumulated juices on top of the cabbage. Bring to a simmer over medium heat,
cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the juices run clear and the hens register 165 F on an