“Bugger that. Bugger him. Bugger you.” Of all the brothers of House Clegane, the Hound is the one I’d most like to meet, and also avoid at all possible costs. While terrifying and willing to kill a man over a roasted bird, Sandor Clegane is by far one of my favorite characters from the world of Game of Thrones mostly because he’s a badass no matter what side he’s playing on.
This recipe uses Cornish game hen rather than chicken – mostly because the Inn at the Crossroads likely relied on game birds to fill their pies anyways. When roasted, the Cornish hen while small, is packed with flavors and juices, which are only accentuated with bold natural flavors like rosemary and garlic.
Melt the butter in a bowl with the garlic and a few tablespoons of rosemary. Pour the butter over the tops of the chicken and be sure to rub beneath the skin to ensure a crispy brown skin. Season the hens with salt and pepper. I arranged my hens in a roasting pan with some rainbow potatoes, but feel free to roast the hens on their own or with your own medley of veggies.
There’s something completely savage about tearing into a whole bird and ripping the meat off bit by bit. I firmly believe the Hound could probably eat through a half dozen of these in one sitting, and still have room for dessert.