Emeril Lagasse’s CREOLE seasoning is used on Cornish hens in this simple, healthy and flavorful slow cooker meal for two. This paleo recipe also includes sweet potatoes and vegetables.
I LOVE cornish hens. Why? Because they’re perfect for a party of two. Heck they even come packed as a duo. Most nights it’s just my husband and me for dinner. Cooking for two can be tricky sometimes. Some of that is my fault…I still have a hard time getting my portion controls correct. Usually I cook for 4 so we both have leftovers to eat for lunch the next day. This week however is pretty busy for the both of us socially which includes a lot of eating out. I don’t want a bunch of leftovers in my frig. Ralph’s had cornish hens on sale so here we are with another paleo recipe.Going in the slow cooker this time is only meat and starch. For the seasoning, I used Emeril’s essence creole seasoning blend. His original recipe is on his website; I used the same ingredients but lowered the amounts. My version makes approximately 1/3 cup. This seasoning mix is great on meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables. It’s so versatile. Thank you Emeril!!
Emeril’s Essence Creole Seasoning Blend
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp pepper
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
I debated what to add to the slow cooker to make this a complete meal. Since I plan on making a nice big salad, I left out any vegetables. As you can tell going through my recipe index, I use a lot of sweet potatoes. Ironically growing up I wouldn’t touch them. Nowadays I swap then for potatoes whenever I can. I should note that I am not anti-potato. I eat them occasionally. I don’t believe eating a potato is bad for you. I use sweet potatoes because of personal preference based on taste.
If you want to add a vegetable, I suggest a firm one like green beans or asparagus. Just mix them in with the sweet potatoes.
- 2 cornish hens
- 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled & diced
- ½ red onion, sliced
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 1½ tsp onion powder
- 1½ tsp oregano
- 1½ tsp thyme
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp pepper
- Place cornish hens in slow cooker.
- Add potatoes and onion.
- Sprinkle seasoning on all the food in the slow cooker.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 5-6.