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Cornish Hens with Almond Stuffing

 Cornish Hens with Almond Stuffing
Dazzle your dinner guests with this Cornish hen and stuffing from Mary Beth Jung from Hendersonville, North Carolina. Almonds add an unexpected crunch to this savory stuffing.
4 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups crushed seasoned stuffing
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute celery and onion in 1 tablespoon butter
  • until tender. Stir in the stuffing, broth, almonds, parsley, poultry
  • seasoning, salt and pepper. Spoon about 1 cup stuffing mixture into
  • each hen; tie legs together with kitchen string.
  • Place hens breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan; cover
  • with foil. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes. In a small
  • microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining butter with garlic and paprika.

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Cornish Hens with Almond Stuffing (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Uncover hens; baste with butter mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes longer or until juices run clear
  • and a meat thermometer reads 180° for hens and 165° for
  • stuffing. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 stuffed hen (prepared with reduced-fat butter and reduced-sodium broth) equals 878 calories, 56 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 362 mg cholesterol, 1,066 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 64 g protein.