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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Baked Stuffed Cornish Game Hens



Cornish game hens are not actually game birds at all but a hybrid chicken. A little chicken in fact. Convenient to serve whole, or a half bird per person if you prefer. It makes for a nice presentation for dinner.

Ingredients:
1 Cornish Game Hen, per person
Softened Butter
Seasonings such as - salt, pepper, thyme, paprika, poultry seasoning
Stuffing - homemade or you can use something such as Stove Top
1/4 c Fresh Diced Onion
1/4 c Fresh Diced Celery
Melted Butter, for basting

If using a box stuffing, empty contents into a bowl and add enough water or chicken stock to moisten. Add onion and celery and mix together. Set aside until ready to stuff birds.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Stuff birds. Rub out skin of each bird with softened butter and season. I personally will always include paprika when seasoning the outside of white meat such as poultry or pork. It gives a nice finished color.

Add Cornish hens to a baking dish making sure there is plenty of room, use more than one baking dish if necessary. I used disposable baking pans and added 1 bird per pan. Tuck wings under and bake breast side up.


Bake at 400 degrees for one hour. Baste with melted butter halfway through baking.

Let birds stand for 10-15 minutes before serving. 




TIP : Add seasonings to a small bowl(s) or ramekin(s) while working with poultry so you can use freely while working with poultry without contaminating your seasoning bottles. 







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