Cornish Game Hens With Cherry-Rice Stuffing

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

from Woman's World magazine

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


  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.


Most Helpful

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.

Kay D. February 05, 2006

Great stuffing. I made it with dried cherries instead of pitted fresh ones, and with olive oil instead of butter. I put it in a casserole dish and baked it for about half an hour instead of actually stuffing the hens -- less fat that way. Yummy stuff! Thanks!

Paula5 May 14, 2005

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