Rock Cornish Game Hens Elegante

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Cornish Hens

  • 6 to 8 rock Cornish hens
  • Salt and Pepper


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 2 teaspoons fines herbes
  • 6 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup Hiram Walker Amaretto or Apricot Flavored Brandy
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup Hiram Walker Amaretto or Apricot Flavored Brandy


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • Strips of orange peel


  1. Cornish Hens: Season hens inside and out with salt and pepper.
  2. Stuffing: Heat butter in saucepan and sauté onion until golden brown. Add fines herbes and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in brown rice, almonds, raisins and Amaretto or Apricot Flavored Brandy. Stuff hens. Sew or skewer openings.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until hens are tender, basting occasionally with glaze. Place hens on warm platter and place roasting pan on top of stove over low heat.
  5. Sauce: Gradually stir flour and orange juice into pan juices. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon over hens and garnish with orange peel and watercress.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings