28 December, 2016
Stuffed Cornish Game Hens
What is your tradition when it comes to Christmas Day food? About three or four years ago I started a new Christmas Day tradition by making stuffed Cornish game hens for my family. It was a huge hit and will continue to be a Christmas Day family tradition throughout the years to come.
These hens are so moist and the flavor of the rice they’re stuffed with is amazing! One thing I do with my rice is make it up the night before so it’s ready to go in the hens on Christmas day. Then I’m spending less time in the kitchen when family is here.
The rice is pretty simple to make up, but when cooked with the hens produces a tone of wonderful flavors. I could eat the extra rice at the bottom of the pan by the spoonfuls!
One hen is the perfect size for one adult. I had my 3 kids split two hens.
All I do is season the hens with my favorite seasoning salt all over and even inside the hen. Stuff the hens and bake them about 75 minutes until done.
If you’ve never tried Cornish game hens before I highly suggest you make them for some occasion, whether it be a special occasion like Christmas or just a special dinner for your family or friends. This really is one of my favorite meals to make for guests.
- 4 Cornish game hens
- seasoning salt to season the hens
- 1 (6 1/4 ounce) package quick cooking long grain and wild rice
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 8 oz package mushroom, chopped into small pieces
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- Cook rice according to package
- Ina large skillet add the olive oil and garlic.
- Add the celery, onion, and mushrooms, saute until tender.
- Add the mushroom soup and rice, stir until combined.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Sprinkle the inside and outside of the hens with the seasoning salt, or just salt and pepper.
- Stuff the hens with the rice mixture. (Any extra rice I just place at the bottom of the pan.)
- Place them in a roasting pan.
- Cook covered for 40 minutes.
- Uncover and cook for 35 more minutes or until temperature reaches 180.
- Plate each hen on a plate and serve.
We enjoy ours with bacon wrapped asparagus and brown sugar baked pineapple.