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For Love of Garlic: Roasted Cornish Hens with Roasted-Garlic Mayonnaise edit

Garlic2 From Garlicophile Festivals to the not so secret Singing with Love and Garlic, the love for the stinking rose is everywhere! If you do not mind a little garlic-breath after a meal, our today's post will awaken your taste buds!

It is hard to have too much roasted garlic in the kitchen, there are a zillion ways to enjoy its pure and delicious nature. When preparing roasted garlic, you can roast the little bits from the tips of the garlic heads in a separate small baking container. It is simple, just season with salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil, cover and bake in the oven with the whole garlic heads. Please remember that because of their size they will be soft and golden in a half of the time needed for the whole heads.

The use of garlic is just about as old as man himself. And the herb's medicinal properties have been known for about as long. Immigrants in the early part of the past century, and our ancestors from pioneer stock, where quite happy to eat a clove or two of garlic whenever they needed an energy boost or simply to fight off a cold.

If you look through the ancient stories from just about any part of the world, you will find garlic mentioned as a curative and tonic, able to help solve minor medical conditions and a few major ones as well.

Without doubt, garlic helps digestion and elimination. Country after country, story after story all relate to garlic's ability to soothe the stomach and cleanse the system. How else do you explain the same stories cropping up in Spain, in India, in Egypt, in Iceland, everywhere there are written records? These stories did not travel from one geographic region to another. Each was created in the country of origin, and was based on the simple, empirical fact that when you give people garlic they generally get better!

If you are a garlic lover like me, do not miss our previous post and recipe: "The Joy of Garlic: Olive Roasted Head of Garlic". Besides keeping you all healthy, you will keep vampires and mosquitoes away. That comes really handy sometimes!

Codor_1 Now, I hope you are ready, because we are are about to share with you an incredibly delicious and almost ridiculously easy to prepare recipe: "Roasted Cornish Hens with Roasted-Garlic Mayonnaise"

Serves 4


  • 1 recipe Olive Roasted Head of Garlic
  • 2 cornish hens, rinsed and patted dry
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. Prepare the roasted garlic as suggested in the recipe. Reserve.
  2. Season cornish hens inside and out with salt, pepper, cumin and cinnamon. Transfer to roasting pan and roast until golden brown and thermometer registers 170°F when inserted into leg joint (30 minutes approximately). Remove from oven and let stand covered with foil for 10 minutes.
  3. Halve cornish hens lengthwise and serve with Roasted-Garlic Mayonnaise.
  4. To prepare the roasted-garlic mayonnaise: squeeze pulp into a bowl and add lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.

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  • by Chef Melissa
  • July 08, 2007
  • 10:17 pm


Picture of Lydia Lydia said on...
07.09.07 at 05:15 AM |

You absolutely cannot have too much roasted garlic! This year I’m growing garlic in my herb garden for the first time, so I will be able to roast my own. I hope it will be delicious!

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
07.09.07 at 08:22 AM |

That is fantastic! That is my next step—-I would like to grow some garlic, just have to research about it. Please keep us posted on your garlic garden adventures! Una abrazo,

Picture of Karin Karin said on...
07.17.07 at 04:41 AM |

You know, in Sweden we like to eat hard crisp bread.
A slice of rye crisp bread (buttered) and on top finely chopped garlic. So simple! and so good!

Picture of Stephen Stephen said on...
07.18.07 at 06:24 PM |

I love roasted garlic mayo.  Your recipe looks delicious!

Picture of Nerissa Nerissa said on...
07.21.07 at 11:12 PM |

oooh! I’d just die for that right now. I love garlic. Alas, the Frog is awfully picky about with what and how much. But this recipe sounds too good to pass up, Froggies be damned!

Picture of gemma gemma said on...
08.07.07 at 08:41 AM |

Mmm.  I am nuts for roasted garlic.  That’s a nice photo as well.  I hope you are well Melissa.  Take care, Gemma.

Picture of gemma gemma said on...
08.07.07 at 08:42 AM |

Mmm.  I am nuts for roasted garlic.  That’s a nice photo as well.  I hope you are well Melissa.  Take care, Gemma.

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
08.07.07 at 09:05 AM |

Muchas gracias Karin, Stephen, Nerissa and Gemma! Glad to see you here…Have a delicious week!

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