This simple and delicious recipe for spatchcocked Cornish game hens with lemon and olive relish is from "The Martha Stewart Show" TV kitchen. The term "spatchcocked" means the chicken or game bird has been split down the back, opened out and grilled flat.
Dark chicken meat is ideal for stews; it becomes more tender the longer and slower it cooks. To remove the thin top layer of the orange peel, use a vegetable peeler. Dredging the chicken in flour and then sauteing it seals in the juices, keeping it moist. The flour also helps to thicken the sauce.
Tender lamb gets a sweet-tart kick from a sauce of orange and oregano. Ask your butcher to french the racks (remove the meat and fat from the first few inches of bone) for a clean presentation.
See How to Carve a Rack of Lamb
Fresh fennel (often mistakenly called anise) is a common ingredient in Mediterranean cooking. Here, it is baked until tender and buttery-tasting. If you are unable to find fennel bulbs with the fronds still attached, you can garnish the dish with dill instead.
You'll find gigante beans in Mediterranean stores or at specialty food markets. If they aren't available, substitute a white bean such as Great Northern or flageolets. Beans are a good source of fiber and protein.
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