Cornish Game Hens With Cherry-Rice Stuffing

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
Recipe by mariposa13

from Woman's World magazine

Top Review by Kay D.

I liked this recipe. It was simple, but beautiful, and made a nice presentation. I thought the stuffing lacked something in the seasoning; it was a bit bland. I'm considering using some thyme or maybe even cinnamon next time. The apricot glaze on the hens was my favorite part.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 12 cup sliced celery
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 8 ounces cherries, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1 14 teaspoons salt
  • 14 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 (1 1/2 lb) Cornish hens
  • 13 cup apricot jam

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F In skillet melt 2 tbsp butter over med heat.
  2. Add celery and shallots; cook, stirring often, until tender, about 4 minute Remove from heat; stir in rice, cherries, apricots, parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper.
  3. Rub hens with remaining butter; sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper.
  4. Fill cavities with stuffing.
  5. Place on rack in roasting pan.
  6. Roast 15 minute Reduce oven temp to 350F roast 45 minute.
  7. Stir 1 tbsp water into jam; brush over hens.
  8. Roast until meat thermometer inserted into thigh registers 180F, about 15 minute.

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