Game Hens: Cornish Game Hens with Cheesy Stuffing

posted by Angel 01-30-100 5:49 AM

Cornish Game Hens with Cheesy Rice Stuffing

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/3 cup regular rice
2 Tbsp. diced celery
2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
1 cup chicken broth
2 (1 lb.) Cornish game hens
1 (2 oz.) can mushrooms, drained and chopped
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
melted butter

Preheat oven to 400 F.

In a 1 1/2 quart saucepan, melt butter; add rice, celery and onion. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is fluffy. Stir in mushrooms. Cool.

Toss cheese lightly with cooled rice mixture.

Meanwhile season birds inside with salt and pepper. Stuff birds with rice mixture. Place on rack, breast side up in shallow baking pan. Baste with butter. Loosely cover with foil.

Roast for 30 minutes. Remove foil; continue roasting for 45 minutes uncovered or until done. Occasionally baste with butter during last 45 minutes of roasting.

Note: Any additional stuffing may be placed in small baking dish, covered and baked during last 45 minutes of roasting time. Remove cover for last 15 minutes.

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