What Is Meghan Markle’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe?
Meghan Markle has officially settled into her life as a member of the British Royal Family. However, now that she’s officially the Duchess of Sussex she’s partaking in a slew of new traditions. Unfortunately, that means giving up some of her old traditions. For example, since Thanksgiving is a holiday pretty central to the United States, folks over in the U.K. traditionally don’t celebrate it. However, since Markle loves to cook — she was roasting a chicken when Prince Harry proposed, and she spent Thanksgiving 2017 with her mother, Doria Ragland, in Los Angeles, we wouldn’t be surprised if she and Prince Harry partake in the U.S. tradition this year.
In fact, more and more Brits are partaking in Turkey Day, The Guardian reported that sale turkeys in the U.K. in November have increased 95% in recent years. So what can we expect to see on Markle’s Thanksgiving table? This is one of her favorite recipes.
A lush Cornish Game Hen
Not everyone is a fan of turkey. After all, the filling bird can leave little room for delicious sides like macaroni and cheese and sweet potatoes. On her now-shuttered lifestyle blog, The Tig, Markle came up with the perfect alternative — Cornish Game Hens with Sage and Pancetta. She wrote, “If you’re looking for an alternative to the famed and lauded turkey dinner that’s oh-so-popular this time of year, look no further than this delicious and easy recipe for Cornish game hens from Stanley Tucci’s delightful cookbook, The Tucci Table.” Make sure you keep scrolling for the complete recipe.
More Thanksgiving fixings
Just before Thanksgiving 2018, Markle connected with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, all of whom were affected by the Grenfell Tower fires last summer. Previously she’d written the foreword to the community’s cookbook, Together: Our Community Cookbook which features 50 recipes from the women. The recipes include everything from Green Chilli and Avocado Dip, Coconut Chicken Curry, Eggplant Masala, Persian Chicken with Barberry Rice, Caramelized Plum Upside-Down Cake, Spiced Mint Tea.
Markle rolled up her sleeves alongside the women to whip up over 200 meals that were delivered to the elderly, refugees and homeless shelters. What a wonderful way to begin the holidays.
Cornish Game Hen Recipe
- 4 Cornish game hens
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 shallots, halved
- 4 cloves garlic
- 8 fresh sage leaves
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 12 to 16 slices pancetta or bacon
- 1 cup white wine
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Season the cavities of the Cornish game hens with salt and pepper and insert half a shallot, a garlic clove and a sage leaf into each. Place ½ tbsp. of the butter in the cavity of each bird as well. Rub the birds with the olive oil and season the breasts with salt and pepper. Place a sage leaf on the back of each bird and drape each with 3 or 4 slices of the pancetta.
- Roast for 45 to 50 minutes. Halfway through roasting, remove the pancetta from the breasts of the birds and place it beside them. Baste the birds with the roasting juices and continue to cook for the remaining time. To check if they are cooked, stab the birds in the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer. If the juice runs clear, then they are done.
- Remove the birds from the oven, together with the pancetta, and place them on a warm plate to rest. Set the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium heat. When the juices in the pan begin to bubble, pour in the wine. Deglaze the pan, scraping up any cooking residue, and cook until the liquid has reduced by half. Serve with the reduced pan jus on the side.