Wild Rice-Stuffed Cornish Hens

11
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
1 hr 15 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
Love birds will enjoy this elegant Valentine's Day dinner. Simply stuff the hens, pop them in the oven and you'll have plenty of time for romance while they cook.

Ingredients

instant long grain and wild rice mix

¾ cup(s), about one, 4 1/2 oz package

uncooked celery

½ cup(s), chopped

uncooked onion(s)

½ cup(s), chopped

orange zest

1 Tbsp

dried cranberries

¼ cup(s)

uncooked skinless cornish game hen

10 oz, you'll need two 10 oz whole birds to yield about 10 oz skinless meat

unsweetened orange juice

1 cup(s)

paprika

½ tsp

uncooked asparagus

1 pound(s), steamed

boiled potato(es) with salt

1 pound(s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare rice according to package directions but omit adding any butter or oil.
  3. Stir-fry celery, onion, zest and cranberries for about 4 minutes. Add rice to celery mixture and stir-fry 1 minute more.
  4. Rinse hens in warm water, and place breast-side down in baking dish. Stuff each hen with rice mixture. Pour orange juice over hens, then sprinkle each with paprika. Bake for 75 minutes.
  5. To serve, slice each hen in half, and remove spine and skin. Accompany with potatoes and asparagus.

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