Glazed Cornish Hens with Hazelnut Cranberry Stuffing

Author: Canadian Living

These birds are not as exotic as ravens, but they're elegant enough for this feast.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup long-grain rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cups dried cranberry
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 Cornish hen (each 1-1/4lb/625g)
Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberry cocktail concentrate thawed
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Method

In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Add rice; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Add stock; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.

Add cranberries, celery, hazelnuts, parsley and lemon juice; with fork, toss to combine. Let cool.

Using kitchen shears or knife, cut wing tips off hens. Cut down each side of backbones; remove and reserve for stock. Trim off excess fat and skin; discard. Cut through centres of breastbones to divide in half.

On greased rimmed baking sheet, evenly space eight 3/4-cup (175 mL) mounds of rice mixture. Place hen halves, cut side down, over mounds; arrange so that breasts are touching baking sheet and legs are angled over rice.

Glaze: In bowl, stir together cranberry concentrate, honey, salt and pepper. Brush over hens. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)

Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven, basting twice with pan juices, until golden and juices run clear when thigh is pierced, 45 minutes.

 

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 737 mg
  • Protein 28 g
  • Calories 535.0
  • Total fat 24 g
  • Cholesterol 135 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 52 g

%RDI

  • Iron 13.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
  • Vitamin C 18.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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