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Apricot Stuffed Cornish Hens

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Ingredients
  Chopped dried apricots 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Boiling water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Sliced mushrooms 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Chopped pecans 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Thinly sliced green onions 3
  Minced green pepper 3 Tablespoon
  Butter/Margarine 6 Tablespoon
  Cooked wild rice 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Minced parsley 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Red pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Chicken breasts 2 Pound, skinned and boned
  Cornish hens 6 Pound (4, 11/2 Pound Each)
  Melted butter 1 Teaspoon
  Apricot preserves 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Triple sec/Orange flavored liqueur 2 Tablespoon
  Vinegar 1 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Start by preheating the oven to 350° F
2. Cut chicken into equal pieces and also remove giblets from hens, reserve for another use

MAKING
3. In a pot, soak apricots in boiling water for 20 minutes
4. In a skillet, saute mushrooms, pecans, onions, and green pepper in butter, till vegetables tender
5. Add next 5 ingredeints along with apricots
6. In a food processor, add chicken and blend for 1 minute, till chicken is pureed
7. Add salt to rice mixture and stir well
8. Rinse hens under cold water, dry it
9. Stuff hens with rice mixture, and close cavities, and pierce wooden picks in it
10. In a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pan, place hens breast side, and spoon remaining stuffing and brush hens with melted butter
11. Finally bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes, baste with butter
12. In a saucepan, combine last 3 ingredeints, cook over medium heat
13. Brush hens with glaze and bake for another 15 minutes till lightly browned
14. On a platter, place the hens and spoon remaining glaze over each

SERVING
15. Serve with cooked vegetables, salads

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Interest: 
Holiday, Gourmet
Ingredient: 
Apricot
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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