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With the holidays right around the corner, there’s no better time to start planning your menu! Whether you are hosting a large gathering for extended family or keeping it small and cozy these Apple & Pecan Stuffed Cornish Hens are sure to be the highlight of your dinner table. There’s something simple, yet elegant about serving these tasty birds on the holidays too!
When I first got married, I was always a little nervous about serving holiday dinner. Who wouldn’t be? There’s so much to do and you want to make sure everything is perfect.
That’s why I love Tyson® Premium All Natural Cornish Hens. They are such a great option for holiday entertaining, and they cook fast too! That means no getting up before dawn to start the dinner prep either. Sleep in!
I was so excited when I found these Tyson® All Natural Premium Cornish Hens (6 pk.) at Sam’s Club last week. What was even better, is that the Sam’s Club Instant Savings booklet is offering $3.75 off during the holiday season 10/26-11/20… and the offer is unlimited! It’s time to stock up friends!
To get started on this tasty recipe, we’re going to prepare the apple & pecan stuffing first. In a large saucepan, melt your butter and add the celery and onion to soften, followed by the chopped apples and pecans.
After giving everything a good stir, add the dried cornbread stuffing, the freshly chopped parsley and chicken broth. After tossing it together, set the pan aside and let the stuffing cool.
Aren’t the red skins from the apples just beautiful in this?!
Your Tyson® Cornish Hens will come frozen, so make sure you’ve allowed time to let them thaw completely in the refrigerator for a few days before you are planning to cook them.
While the stuffing is cooling, open each Cornish hen, rinse it well and pat it dry with a paper towel. Now you’re ready to start stuffing them!
To make things easy, I like to make a small slit behind the leg on each side to keep the Cornish hen nice and tight while it’s roasting. With this method there is no need to to use twine.
Place a few large spoonfuls of the stuffing into the Cornish hens, cross the legs and poke the bone through the holes you made. Tuck the wings underneath and you’ve got yourself a perfect individual entree.
Place all 6 of the Cornish hens on a rack in your roasting pan, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper, sea salt. Roast for 1 hour and 25 minutes at 375 degrees F.
Of course, you’ll want to peek in when they are about half way done to baste them with their juices.
After you have inserted a meat thermometer and the temperature reads 165 degrees F, remove them from the oven, cover lightly with foil and let them rest. This helps to ensure that those delicious juices distribute throughout the Cornish hens leaving them perfectly moist.
I like to transfer the Apple & Pecan Stuffed Cornish Hens to a serving platter and garnish them with ingredients that are present in the dish.
I simply added bright red apples and fresh green parsley to this platter and I think it looks beautiful.
Impress your guests this holiday with Tyson® Cornish Hens! Check out this “How To Cook Cornish” Video too! Happy Holidays!
Find a Tyson® Cornish Hen + Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon Sam’s Club DEMO near you on 11/19/16!
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