Honey-Roasted Cornish Hens with 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
  • 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

Prepare stuffing for Cornish hens by melting the butter in a small skillet. Add the shallot and celery and sauté 5 minutes. Add the bread cubes and toss to coat with the butter. Add the dried cherries and chicken broth and toss to moisten the mixture.

Spoon the stuffing into the cavities of each hen, filling completely, but not packing the stuffing in. Place the hens on the rack of a shallow roasting pan. Spread 1 teaspoon butter over each of the hens and season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast in a 325 degree F oven for 30 minutes.

Combine the orange juice, honey mustard, honey, vegetable oil, curry powder and ginger in a cup. Baste the hens generously with the orange juice mixture after 30 minutes of roasting. The hens should roast a total of 1 hour or until done. Remove the hens from the oven. Let them stand for 5 minutes before serving.

  • Yields: 2 servings
  • Preparation Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
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