Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 2 servings

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Ingredients

•1/2 cup chopped celery
•1/4 cup chopped onion
•1/2 cup butter, divided
•3 cups crumbled corn bread
•3 cups soft bread crumbs
•1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
•1 cup chicken broth
•1 egg
•1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
•1 teaspoon salt, divided
•1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
•2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
•1 garlic clove, minced
•1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
•3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh mint or 1/4 teaspoon dried mint flakes

Method

•In a large skillet or saucepan, saute celery and onion in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in corn bread, bread crumbs, pimientos, broth, egg, poultry seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; mix well.

• Stuff each hen with 3/4 cup stuffing. Place extra stuffing in a greased 1-qt. baking dish; refrigerate. Place hens breast side up on a rack in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover loosely with foil; bake at 375° for 45 minutes.

• Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the remaining butter; add garlic, lemon peel, mint and remaining salt and pepper. Brush over hens. Bake 15-30 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 180° for hens and 165° for stuffing. Bake the extra stuffing, covered, for 30 minutes. Yield: 2 servings.

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