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Cornish Hens With Savory-Sweet Stuffing

Prep time 20 mins
Bake time 1 hr, 30 mins
Stand time 5 mins
Yield Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 (1 1/2- to 1 3/4-lb.) Cornish game hens
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apple
  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fennel, white part only
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 medium shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

How to Make It

  1. Rinse hens with cold water; pat dry.

  2. Combine 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Sprinkle cavities and outside of hens evenly with salt mixture. Set hens aside.

  3. Peel apple, and cut into 1-inch cubes.

  4. Combine apple, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, remaining 1/4 tsp. pepper, squash, and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, tossing to coat.

  5. Stuff hen cavities with apple mixture; place extra mixture in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Place hens on top of apple mixture; cover tightly with aluminum foil.

  6. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes; remove foil, and bake 45 more minutes or until meat juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh registers 180° and internal temperature in center of stuffing registers 190°. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes before serving.