Sooo..., we weren't going to do much, but we did.
Cornish Game Hens
Bought 3 pre-stuff hens at whole foods. Put them on a vegetable trivet, coated the skin with oil, covered and baked at 375 for 45 minutes. Uncovered and baked for another 30-45 or so.
The hens were good. The stuffing (wild rice mix) was so-so.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic
1 pint brussels sprouts (about a pound)
4 to 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to coat bottom of pan
5 cloves garlic, peeled
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Trim bottom of brussels sprouts, and slice each in half top to bottom. Heat oil in cast-iron pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers; put sprouts cut side down in one layer in pan. Put in garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook, undisturbed, until sprouts begin to brown on bottom, and transfer to oven. Roast, shaking pan every 5 minutes, until sprouts are quite brown and tender, about 10 to 20 minutes.
Taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Stir in balsamic vinegar, and serve hot or warm.
Basically followed the recipe, although we may have doubled it. And we didn't add as much balsamic vinegar.
Thyme-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch-thick rounds
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup fresh thyme leaves, plus 6 thyme sprigs for garnish
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 425°F.
In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and toss.
Arrange potato slices in single layer on heavyweight rimmed baking sheet or in 13x9-inch baking dish.
Place on top rack of oven and roast until tender and slightly browned, about 40 minutes.
The recipe above is about what we did (compared to the Epicurious version). Pretty tasty and easy.