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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4-6 (about 2 pounds) Fuji apples, chopped
  • 10 Medjool dates, pits removed, chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted almonds, chopped
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 4 Cornish hens (1 1/4 pounds each)
  • Olive oil, for brushing

Roasted Cornish Hens with Apple, Date, and Almond Stuffing

Jeff Jackson | Delicious Living
  • Serves: 8 people
  • Calories per serving: 376

Cornish hens make a fun presentation, but this fantastic, breadless stuffing works just as well with turkey. Simply stuff the turkey lightly and adjust cooking time based on size. Serving tips: Mound leftover stuffing in a heatproof bowl; reheat and serve alongside poultry. Use kitchen shears to cut each cooked hen lengthwise.

  1. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When sizzling, add apples and sauté, stirring occasionally, until brown but still crisp, 15-20 minutes. Add dates, zests, and juices; cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat, cool, and stir in almonds and salt.
  2. Mix onion, carrot, and celery; place on the bottom of a roasting pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 475°. Remove and discard giblets and necks from hens. Rinse hens under cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Season each cavity with salt and pepper, then loosely stuff with apple mixture. Truss hens. Place hens, breast-side up, on top of chopped vegetables. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 475° for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 400° and cook for an additional 35 minutes, or until juices run clear. Remove skin, if desired. Serve hens with additional apple stuffing on the side.


Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1/2 skinless hen, 3/4 cup apple stuffing):
Calories: 376 calories
% fat calories: 27
Fat: 12g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 116mg
Protein: 27g
Carbohydrate: 44g
Fiber: 7g
Sodium: 97mg


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