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Cornish Hens With Oyster Stuffing

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Cornish hens with oyster stuffing is a filling seafood stuffed poultry preparation. Made with cooked oysters along with vegetables and garlic, herbed with thyme and oregano the filling is flavored with a dash of tabasco sauce. Combined with rice, the hens are stuffed with the seafood filling and oven roasted with a generous brush of butter. Served with a gravy prepared from pan drippings, it makes a great and filling meal fit for parties and ocassions.
Ingredients
  Butter/Margarine 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), divided
  Onion 1 Large, chopped
  Chopped celery 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Chopped shallots 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Red pepper 1 Small, chopped
  Green pepper 1 Small, chopped
  Garlic clove 2 Medium, minced
  Bay leaves 2
  Fresh oysters 2 Dozen, shucked, liquid reserved
  Dried thyme leaves 3⁄4 Teaspoon, divided
  Dried oregano leaves 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Tabasco pepper sauce 3⁄4 Teaspoon, divided
  Cooked rice 5 Cup (80 tbs)
  Cornish game hens 6
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Flour 1 Tablespoon
  Chicken broth 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 °F.
In large skillet melt 1/2 cup butter.
Add onion, celery, shallots, red and green peppers, garlic and bay leaves; cook 5 minutes or until tender.
Cut up oysters; reserve liquid.
Stir oysters into skillet with 1/2 teaspoon thyme, oregano and 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco® sauce.
Cook 5 minutes longer.
Remove bay leaves.
Add rice and oyster liquid.
Wash Cornish hens; pat dry.
Stuff cavity of each hen with oyster stuffing.
Arrange hens on rack in shallow roasting pan.
Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter; stir in salt, remaining 1/4 tea spoon thyme and remaining 1/4 tea spoon Tabasco® sauce.
Brush hens with butter mixture.
Bake 1 1/2 hours or until hens are cooked; baste often with pan drippings.
To serve, spoon extra stuffing onto serving platter; arrange hens on stuffing.
To make gravy, pour excess fat from roasting pan; add flour to pan and stir.
Place pan on stove-top burner over medium heat; gradually add broth, scraping up bits from bottom of pan.
Stir constantly, bring to a boil and boil 1 minute.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Roasted
Ingredient: 
Chicken

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