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cornish game hens with stuffing

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Kelly Williams
Forked River, NJ

A fantastic recipe to make for a special dinner for 2! I make them in lots of different ways, but this way is nice for those romantic occasions and want them to be extra special and pretty. Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Cornish game hens are a wonderful turkey alternative for the holidays if you're not hosting a large crowd. Their golden skin is so appetizing. The buttery baste mixture adds tons of delicious flavor to the tender and juicy meat. Apples and bacon pair well with the simple stuffing.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 2 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Roast

Ingredients For cornish game hens with stuffing

  • 1 box
    Betty Crocker homestyle stuffing
  • 1
    apple, cored and diced
  • 2 slice
    cooked bacon, broken into pieces
  • 2
    cornish game hens, innards removed and insides rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 stick
  • 1 tsp
    seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp
    Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp
    coarse ground pepper

How To Make cornish game hens with stuffing

  • Adding apples and bacon to stuffing.
    Make stuffing according to package directions. Add in apples and bacon when fluffing with a fork. Set aside.
  • Cornish hens on a cutting board.
    Remove anything inside the hens and rinse inside with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. (Don't rub or you can have bits of paper towel left in there. Not good.)
  • Melting butter and seasonings in a saucepan.
    In a small saucepan, melt butter on low. Add seasonings and spices. Stir well to mix. Remove from heat.
  • Stuffing inside cornish game hens.
    When the stuffing has cooled, stuff each bird. You may have a bit left over. Place in small baking dish with lid for extra helpings. ;)
  • Cornish game hens basted with seasoned butter.
    Place hens into metal or glass 13x9 baking pan. Tie legs together and tuck wings under. Baste hens with a little butter mixture to coat.
  • Cornish game hens roasting in the oven.
    Bake in preheated 350 F oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Baste with butter mixture every 15-20 minutes. When done, baste with any last remaining butter mixture over them.
  • Roasted cornish game hens tented with aluminum foil.
    Tent with foil covering to keep warm, and let rest til serving for at least 5-10 minutes.

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