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Hens with Apricot Rice Stuffing

Hens with Apricot Rice Stuffing

"When you want to impress guests, you cant beat these lovely Cornish game hens. Apricots and apricot preserves give the tender meat and moist wild rice stuffing a fruity flavor that everyone in our family loves. --Jodi Grable, Springfield, Missouri"
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2 h 25 m servings
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  1. In a large skillet, saute the mushrooms, pecans and onion in 4 tablespoons butter until tender. Stir in the rice, apricots, parsley, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  2. Spoon about 3/4 cup rice mixture into each hen; tie legs together with kitchen string. Place hens, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Melt remaining butter; brush over hens.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F for hens and 165 degrees F for stuffing. In a small saucepan, warm preserves and vinegar; spoon over hens. Bake 15 minutes longer.

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I have this recipe and I have been making this for a few years now. The apricot rice with pecans has a wonderful flavor. I don't use mushrooms; however, my recipe calls for celery sautéed in bu...

I loved this recipe. I ended up only roasting 2 cornish hens and I made about twice the amount of stuffing the original recipe called for because I love extra stuffing. So, what I couldn't get i...

I made this for a dinner party of was a huge hit. The men ate it up completely! The stuffing was easy and tasted great. Didn't change anything with the recipe. Would definitely make agai...

Great recipe! I normally do not try recipes on this site with less than 30 ratings, but this one caught my eye as I was searching for something to use up some cornish hens. What FANTASTIC flav...

I made this for a holiday dinner and it was delicious. I will make it again. I made extra stuffing and it served with the meal. Thanks!

Wonderful recipe!! I substituded minced celery for mushrooms, and used 1/2 the butter that was called for, to lighten it up a bit. I doubled the stuffing to have extra. I got rave reviews...wil...

Very good. Next time I am not going to stuff the hens, but just make the rice and serve on the side. I made this for Xmas and the whole family enjoyed!

I made this recipe (with a variation on the stuffing; used one i had with wild rice and added apricots) for an appreciation luncheon at my children's school, and everyone raved! Definitely a kee...

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