Holidays are a great time to gather friends and family, for good food and good times. Impress your friends and family by using a traditional recipe like my Stuffed Cornish Hens, and proven brands that never fail, while staying within your budget.
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This recipe is perfect for entertaining a few guests. A few days before Christmas, I invite my best friends over to celebrate, enjoy each other’s company, and for some good food.
This Cornish Hens recipe, I’ve included a delicious sausage stuffing recipe!
More Holiday Recipes To Go With This Stuffed Cornish Hens Recipe
I made a green bean casserole with Homemade French Fried Onions, and baked macaroni and cheese the day before and heated them in the oven, after cooking the hens. They take about 1/2 or more of the original cooking time to reheat at 350º degrees F.
You could also make some appetizers if you like! I make a mean Homemade Hummus Dip, oh and certainly my Garlic Artichoke Dip could win some awards! A favorite holiday appetizer of mine and most everyone else’s is Deviled Eggs!
Stuffed Cornish Hens Recipe
- 1 pkg Cornish Hens -Twin Pack (thawed)
- 8-12 slices stale sandwich bread ((about 4 cups when diced) )
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2-3 stalks celery (sliced)
- roll sausage – original
- 3-4 sage leaves (chopped fine or 2 tsp of dried sage)
- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 chicken or turkey stock or broth
- salt and pepper to taste
Thaw your Cornish hens, prior to starting this recipe. Follow the directions on the package.
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF
- Cut up the bread into cubes. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray oil.
- Place the bread on the cookie sheet. Pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
- Heat olive oil, and saute celery, onion, and garlic.
- Add the sausage and brown according to the the package directions. Cook thoroughly.
- Add butter and sage. Mix well, and allow to cook for a few minutes.
- Place the bread into the pan.
- Pour in a little bit of stock or broth and stir. Do this until all of the bread is soft and soaked up all of the liquid.
- Add more liquid if needed.
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Turn off heat, and set aside to cool.
PREPARING THE CORNISH HENS:
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF
- Get out a broiler pan, and spray the top and bottom with nonstick spray.
- Place the hens on the pan.
- Once the stuffing is cool enough to handle, stuff the hens.
- *Tie the legs (using bakers twine) together to help keep the stuffing inside of the cavity. I left mine open a small amount fell out. *optional
- Bake the hens according to the directions. It is usually around 1 to 2 hours. It will depend on the weight of the hens. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the middle is cooked thoroughly to at least 165ºF. While it is cooking you can enjoy the company of your friends and family!
If you want to make gravy, you can take the juice in the bottom broiler pan and heat on medium-high to high, and add 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour, stirring continuously. Slowly add in 1 1/2 cups of chicken or turkey stock. Let it thicken then add more stock, until you have used it all, continue to stir until it thickens. Add salt and pepper. Refrigerate all leftovers.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 528Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 112mgSodium 703mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 27g
For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.
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