I love to eat a big meal on Sunday afternoon, but I don’t always want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking. Here’s an easy way to get close to grandma’s-house results without putting in hours over the stove.
We started out with a roasting hen from Perdue:
These are so easy to just pop in the oven, set the timer, and go about your life while goodness comes to fruition. No fuss, no muss, thanks to it coming preseasoned (drumsticks tied) in its own cooking bag. Simply remove the outer packaging, lay it breast side up in a shallow pan, cut a small slit for venting, and in the oven it goes for about two hours.
Once the hen is out of the oven, it will need to rest for about 10 minutes. Don’t skip this part! It matters! You’ll have a much easier time slicing it after the meat rests, plus that gives you just enough time to make your sides. I’m not kidding. 10 minutes is all you need for stuffing and green beans:
Now don’t roll your eyes at me! I know this is the super shortcut way, but trust me guys… these are two of the easiest yet tastiest food products out there. And don’t just settle for the regular Stove Top stuffing – you’re gonna want the cornbread kind. Yes! Go to those five stores to get it if you have to! You’ll thank me later.
As for the green beans, Allens are the absolute best out there. They also make a “seasoned” variety that’ll knock your socks off. Just heat them up in the microwave and ta-da!
Baked hen, stuffing, and green beans: sounds like Sunday Dinner to me!
P.S. There’s a recipe on the Perdue bag for gravy made from the juices of the hen. It was excellent. You’ll just need flour, butter, water, and the pan drippings. Quick, easy, and yummy.