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Honey-Roasted Cornish Hens
with Dried Cherry Stuffing

Ingredients

Cornish Hens

  • 2 (1-pound) Cornish hens
  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Dried Cherry Stuffing

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 packed cup firm bread cubes
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Cornish Hens: Prepare stuffing for Cornish hens. Spoon stuffing into cavities of each hen, filling completely, but not packing the stuffing in. Place hens on rack of shallow roasting pan. Spread 1 teaspoon butter over each hen and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Roast in 325 degrees F oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Combine orange juice, honey mustard, honey, vegetable oil, curry powder and ginger in a cup. Baste the hens generously with orange juice mixture after 30 minutes of roasting. Hens should roast a total of 1 hour or until done.
  4. Remove hens from oven. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Dried Cherry Stuffing: Melt butter in small skillet. Add shallot and celery and sauté 5 minutes. Add bread cubes and toss to coat with butter. Add dried cherries and chicken broth and toss to moisten mixture.

Yield: 2 servings


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