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Old 11-22-2010, 11:31 AM   #1
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No, this isn't for someone living the alternative lifestyle (you know who you are) but for those looking for a scaled down version of the more traditional turkey dinner. As part of an ongoing blogging "challenge", each month some of us make up a meal from a list of 4 ingredients and blog about the results.

This month the four ingredients were game hens, sweet potatoes, green beans, and cranberries, which lent itself to a scaled-down (and likely somewhat healthier) version of what we normally find on the table at (or around) Thanksgiving. The full post is at the link above, but I thought I would at least share some of the pictures here.

On Bubba Ho-Keg: game hens and the makings for some sweet tater and green bean (with onion) salad.



The wife made up some homemade Brandied Cranberry Sauce:



And it all came together nicely on a plate...



And in case anybody was worried, a more traditional Thanksgiving meal was cooked yesterday (some of the family is working on Thanksgiving, so we celebrated early).
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:35 AM   #2
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I like your salad idea, is it just those three things, sweet taters, beans, onion, in a pot and cooked?
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:38 AM   #3
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Looks good to me!
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I like that! I have to fly out on Friday, so we've been kicking it around as to what to cook. Games hens are in.Thanks.
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I like your salad idea, is it just those three things, sweet taters, beans, onion, in a pot and cooked?
Full instructions here; it also contains some honey mustard dressing and bacon. I suppose you could also serve it over fresh spinach leaves or some other leafy vegetable, but it was pretty good as is.
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Looks Great. I'd much rather be eating that than turkey.
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Where's the CrockaQ!?

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And here I was thinking "alternative" was long hair and medicinal herbs.
Nice one Mr. Bear! I love your Wife's cranberry dish.
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And here I was thinking "alternative" was long hair and medicinal herbs.
Nice one Mr. Bear! I love your Wife's cranberry dish.
The wife's cranberry dish is a real winner, and not the ordinary stuff that comes in a can or that you might find in restaurants. The brandy really gives it a kick...
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The wife's cranberry dish is a real winner, and not the ordinary stuff that comes in a can or that you might find in restaurants. The brandy really gives it a kick...
Yeppers! Think I'm going to try this with a tangerine and the Grand Marnier.
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In fact, bought most of the ingredients (Fresh Cranberries yea!) on the way home last night. Michele can't wait to make this either. Tell your sweetie thanks for me!
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In fact, bought most of the ingredients (Fresh Cranberries yea!) on the way home last night. Michele can't wait to make this either. Tell your sweetie thanks for me!
Will do. She wasn't overly thrilled with me putting pictures and the recipe on the blog, but I told her that everyone is talking about it and ignoring pretty much everything else on the plate. Now that she is a minor celebrity she feels better about it.
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How did you do the game hens? We have a small boneless turkey breast and two cornish game hens that we'll be smoking on Thanksgiving. Last time we did hens they didn't turn out all that great.
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The game hens were cut in half and marinated in a mixture of white wine, granulated garlic, fresh sage, basil, and fresh ground pepper for a couple of hours before cooking. The marinade gets drained and set aside, then the game hens go on the grill (indirect) with the cut side down. I had the grill set for about 325°F and left them there for about 30 minutes before turning them over, then carefully pouring the marinade mix into the cavities of the hens. From there they cooked about another 30 minutes or so until they were at 165°F in the breasts and 185°F in the thighs.

If the skin doesn't look like it is going to be crispy enough, move the hens directly over the coals for the last 5 minutes or so of the cook. Keep a close eye on them when you do this as the drippings may flare and add greasy smoke, or you might burn the skin if the coals are too hot.
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