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Cranberry Orange Cornish Hens

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  Brown and wild rice mix 5 Ounce (1 Package)
  Cornish hens with livers 3 Pound (Two 1 1/2 Pounds Each Birds)
  Butter/Margarine 1 Tablespoon (Unsalted)
  White button mushrooms 8 Ounce, thinly sliced to make 3 cups
  Chopped onion 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Chopped celery 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chicken stock/Low sodium chicken broth 1 3⁄4 Cup (28 tbs)
  Cranberries 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs) (Fresh Or Frozen)
  Grated orange rind 1 Tablespoon
  Black pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Honey 2 Tablespoon
  Orange juice 2 Tablespoon

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Cook the rice mix according to the package directions and drain. Meanwhile, coarsely chop the livers. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt the butter over moderately high heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, and celery and saute for 8 minutes or until tender. Add the livers and saute 2 minutes more or until no longer pink. Transfer to a large bowl.
2. To the bowl, add the rice, 1 cup of the stock, the cranberries, orange rind, 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt; toss to mix well. Stuff the hens and truss. Wrap extra stuffing in foil. In a cup, prepare a basting sauce by whisking the honey and orange juice.
3. Roast the hens on a rack in a large open roasting pan for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F; roast, basting frequently with the sauce, for 45 minutes or until the juices run clear when a thigh is pricked with a fork. Bake extra stuffing during the last 30 minutes. Transfer the hens to a warm platter, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and surround with extra stuffing. Cover loosely with foil; let stand for 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, -whisk the remaining 3/4 cup of stock into the roasting pan; bring to a boil over moderate heat. Boil, uncovered, for 3 minutes; strain into a gravy boat. Remove the strings, cut the hens in half, and serve with the stuffing, gravy, and steamed asparagus.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 581 Calories from Fat 314

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 35 g54.6%

Saturated Fat 10.4 g51.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 236.6 mg78.9%

Sodium 530.3 mg22.1%

Total Carbohydrates 21 g6.9%

Dietary Fiber 2.6 g10.5%

Sugars 8.1 g

Protein 43 g86.8%

Vitamin A 7.8% Vitamin C 20.8%

Calcium 5.8% Iron 14.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Cranberry Orange Cornish Hens Recipe