Apple Stuffed Cornish Hens (Red Prince Apples)

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When I was growing up, one of my aunts (who loved to invite us over to cook for us!) often made Cornish Hens for us. When I saw this recipe, I thought of her right away and I wish I could have cooked this recipe for her before she passed away! I can’t wait to ask my husband to try it out (as he does the majority of cooking in our home) – I’ll be thinking about her when we eat it!

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Apple Stuffed Cornish Hens

1/2 cup pancetta, diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 Red Prince apple, cored and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp poultry spice
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp lemon zest
2 Cornish hens (approx 1.5lbs each hen)
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Quick Gravy
1 can (10 oz/284 ml) condensed chicken stock
1/3 cup Calvados or sherry
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp Cornstarch
3 sprigs thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

In a large heavy bottomed skillet, sauté pancetta over high heat for 1 minute then add celery, onion, Red Prince apple, garlic, poultry spice and black pepper. Sauté until lightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest.

Debone Cornish hens and stuff with Red Prince apple stuffing. Tie hens with butcher’s twine to secure stuffing.

Lightly season hens with oil, salt and pepper and roast in centre rack of oven for 50 to 60 minutes until juices run clear.

Once cooked, (meat thermometer should register at 175°F) remove from oven, covering with foil and let rest 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make gravy, combine stock, Calvados, Dijon mustard, cornstarch and thyme in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over high heat. Whisk constantly until bubbling and gravy becomes translucent. Remove thyme sprigs and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings.

Chef Tip: Specialty butchers may be able to debone the hens for you or alternately use butterflied chicken or turkey breast.

PER SERVING (1/2 hen with stuffing and a portion of gravy): 502 calories, 34 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 187 mg cholesterol, 825 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 35 g protein. % RDI: 4% calcium, 15% iron, 5% vitamin A, 15% vitamin C.


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4 Responses to Apple Stuffed Cornish Hens (Red Prince Apples)

  1. Those look pretty good, thanks for sharing!

  2. Kathleen Blom says:

    I’m going to try the stuffung with chicken breasts

  3. Anne Taylor says:

    These sound amazing! We haven’t had Cornish Game Hens for such a long time and this is a great idea!

  4. Sarah p says:

    Delicious looking, and the recipe looks fairly approachable. Never tried a cornish game hen before. Will have to try this one out sometime 🙂

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