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Cornish Hens with Apple-Raisin Stuffing

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  • 30 min prep time
  • 1 hr 45 min total time
  • 13 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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A special holiday entrée for eight that needs just 30 minutes of preparation.

Ingredients

Stuffing

3
tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2
cup chopped green onions (8 medium)
1
red baking apple, unpeeled, chopped
4
cups unseasoned dry bread cubes
1/2
cup raisins
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground allspice
1/4
cup apple juice

Cornish Hens

4
Cornish game hens (24 oz each), thawed if frozen
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1/4
cup apple jelly
2
tablespoons butter or margarine

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In 10-inch skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add onions and apple; cook and stir until tender. Stir in remaining stuffing ingredients. In ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, spread stuffing.
  • 2 Split each game hen in half. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place hen halves, skin side up, over stuffing. In 1-quart saucepan, melt jelly with 2 tablespoons butter over low heat; brush over hens.
  • 3 Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until hens are fork-tender and juice is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (180°F).
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In 10-inch skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add onions and apple; cook and stir until tender. Stir in remaining stuffing ingredients. In ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, spread stuffing.
  • 2 Split each game hen in half. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place hen halves, skin side up, over stuffing. In 1-quart saucepan, melt jelly with 2 tablespoons butter over low heat; brush over hens.
  • 3 Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until hens are fork-tender and juice is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (180°F).

Expert Tips

To split game hens, use a heavy-duty kitchen scissors or place the hens on a cutting board and use a large knife to cut through the birds.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
810
Calories from Fat
390
% Daily Value
Total Fat
44g
67%
Saturated Fat
14g
68%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
Cholesterol
260mg
87%
Sodium
780mg
33%
Total Carbohydrate
57g
19%
Dietary Fiber
2g
9%
Sugars
16g
16%
Protein
48g
48%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 5 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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