1/2 cup pomegranate syrup or molasses
3/4 cup honey plus 3 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 cloves garlic, crushed
3 cornish hens, split in half
salt and pepper
pomegranate seeds for garnish
chopped, roasted pistachio nuts, for garnish
Mix pomegranate syrup, 3/4 cup honey, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne and garlic; pour over hens. Marinate, covered, overnight or at least 8 hours in the refrigerator, turning occasionally.
Remove hens from marinade, reserving marinade. Simmer marinade to thicken, for 10 minutes; set aside. Season hens with salt and pepper. Bake at 450 degrees , basting occasionally with reserved marinade, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven. Brush each half with 1/2 tablespoon honey. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped pistachios and serve.
This dish can be prepared in advance. Adjust baking time from 35 to 25 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. Before serving, allow hens to come to room temperature and brush once again with reserved marinade. Bake 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven before serving. Serves 6