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Stuffed Game Hens

 Stuffed Game Hens
I like to delight dinner guests with this simply elegant entree. The combination of mushrooms, pears and basil is surprisingly delicious.—Jerry Huff, Oakland, California
4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and chopped
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, pears, basil and dill. Brush
  • oil over outsides of hens and inside cavities; stuff with mushroom
  • mixture. Tie legs together with kitchen string.
  • Place breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake,
  • uncovered, at 350° for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until a meat
  • thermometer reads 180° for hens and 165° for stuffing,
  • basting occasionally with pan juices. Yield: 4 servings.