Game Hens Apricot Glazed Game Hens with Fruited Wild Rice

Posted by: Deborah 10-02-99 11:36 AM

Apricot Glazed Game Hens with Fruited Wild Rice
Source: Creme de Colorado.

Fruited Wild Rice:

2 cups water
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup wild rice
1/4 cup sliced green grapes (halves will do)
1/4 cup chopped red apple
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

4 Cornish game hens, rinsed and patted dry
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In large saucepan, heat water to boiling. Add bouillon cube and stir to dissolve. Add wild rice and return to boiling. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove from heat; drain.

In large mixing bowl, stir together rice, grapes, apple, pecans, orange peel, water chestnuts, basil and thyme; add salt and pepper to taste.

Fill cavities of hens with rice mixture and use wooden picks to close. Rub skin of hens with melted butter.

Bake for 1 hour, basting with Apricot Glaze several times during last 20 minutes.

Apricot glaze:

2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups apricot nectar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

In small saucepan, stir together all ingredients. Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until mixture turns clear and thickens.

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