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Holiday Game Hens Recipe
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Holiday Game Hens Recipe

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These golden brown birds are tender and juicy, and stuffed with a savory mixture of pork, apple and raisins. "I've had this recipe for some time, and it always makes a great meal," writes Delia Kennedy of Deer Park, Washington.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 1 medium lemon, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bacon strip, diced
  • 1/4 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped apple
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chicken broth


  1. Rub each Cornish hen inside and out with cut lemon. Sprinkle each cavity with salt and pepper; set aside. In a small skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving drippings.
  2. In a saucepan, cook the pork over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the apple, raisins, broth and bacon. Loosely stuff into hens; skewer openings and tie drumsticks together.
  3. In the reserved drippings, brown hens on all sides. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Tuck wings under hens. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 40-45 minutes or a meat thermometer reads 180°. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Holiday Game Hens in Taste of Home December/January 2005, p20

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Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"The meat tastes great and is very juicy. I did not like the stuffing but I definitely think it added to the taste."

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