Cook1 hr 30 mins
This recipe came from Hawaii and was recently published in the Taste Of Home magazine. It has a pineapple-coconut stuffing. It is golden brown and wonderfully moist with a sweet sauce. Prep & cook times are approximate.
- 2 (20 ounce) Cornish hens
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
- 3 cups cubed day-old bread, 1/2 inch cubes, crusts removed
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup flaked coconut
- 2⁄3 cup butter, melted divided
- 1⁄4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 2 tablespoons steak sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Sprinkle insides of hens with 1/4 teaspoon salt; set aside.
- Drain pineapple, reserving juice.
- In a bowl, combine the pineapple, bread cubes, celery and coconut.
- Add 6 Tablespoons butter; toss to coat.
- Loosely stuff hens; tie legs together with kitchen string.
- Place on a rack in a greased shallow roasting pan.
- Place remaining stuffing in a greased 1-1/2 cup baking dish; cover and set aside.
- Add poultry seasoning and remaining salt to remaining butter.
- Spoon some of the butter mixture over hens.
- Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, basting twice with butter mixture.
- Stir steak sauce and reserved pineapple juice into remaining butter mixture; baste hens.
- Bake reserved stuffing with hens for 30 minutes; baste hens twice.
- Uncover stuffing; baste hens with remaining butter mixture.
- Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until meat themometer reads 185 degrees for hens and 165 degrees for stuffing in hens.
- Remove hens from pan; keep warm.
- Pour drippings into a saucepan; skim fat.
- Combine cornstarch, brown sugar, water and lemon juice until smooth; add to the drippings.
- Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
- Serve sauce with hens and stuffing.
Think the hens turned out tasty and tender and even ate the skin on it and it tasted good. I think the stuffing was especially good and a type of stuffing I had never had before. I think it would be good for a luau. Cooking time due to the basting seems long and so I was glad I started dinner early. Did not like the sauce made out of the drippings at all and actually tasted it and threw it out and didn't use it.
This was not what I was expecting at all. I couldn't wait to make this when I found it but when I tried it, it just wasn't what I was expecting I may have done something wrong but the flavors just didn't blend well for us. Although I did enjoy the stuffing.
When I tasted this, I told my DH that we would soon be divorced if he didn't like it too! Our marriage is safe because this is fantastic!! Thanks Keen5!!