Apricot Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

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READY IN: 1hr 50mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • STUFFING
  • 1
    onion, divided
  • 1
    tablespoon butter
  • 1
    tsp.fresh ginger, minced
  • 3
    tablespoons smucker's pure apricot jam
  • 12
    cup chicken stock
  • 3 12
    cups bread cubes
  • 4
    Cornish hens (about 1 lb. each)
  • salt and pepper
  • GLAZE
  • 2
    tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2
    tablespoons smucker's pure apricot jam
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 375°F Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice half the onion and place slices on baking sheet. Dice the rest of the onion for stuffing. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and ginger and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in 3 tablespoons apricot jam and chicken stock. and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add bread cubes. Stir and coat bread cubes. Let cool while preparing hens.
  • Wash and dry game hens. Season inside cavity with salt and pepper. Fill cavity with about 1/2 cup of the stuffing. Tie legs together with kitchen twine and use skewers to close cavity. Place breast side up on bed of onions. Season with salt and pepper.
  • GLAZE: Combine softened butter and 2 tablespoons apricot jam and spread over game hens.
  • Roast uncovered in a preheated oven for 60-70 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 170°F Remove from oven, let rest about 10 minutes. To serve, cut each hen in half and serve with stuffing.
  • TIPS: Blueberry or Wildberry jam would be great with this as well.
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