Apricot Glazed Cornish Game Hens Stuffed with Fruited Wild Rice
Comments: A festive meal!
Servings: 4
IngredientsPreparation
  • 4 Cornish game hens, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons [30 g] butter, melted
Fruited Wild Rice Stufing
  • 2 cups [500 mL] water
  • 1 cube chicken broth concentrate
  • 1 cup [250 mL] wild rice
  • 1/4 cup [60 mL] seeded green grape sliced
  • 1/4 cup [60 mL] chopped red apple, cored and if desired peeled
  • 1/4 cup [60 mL] chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons [7.5 mL] freshly grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup [60 mL] chopped water chestnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon [2.5 mL] dired basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon [2.5 mL] dried thyme
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Apricot Glaze
  • 2/3 cup [150 g] sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon [1 mL] ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons [30 mL] cornstarch
  • 2 cups [500 mL] apricot nectar
  • 1 tablespoon [15 mL] freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Prepare fruited wild rice stuffing.
  • Preheat oven to 350F [180C].
  • Rinse then pat dry hens.
  • Fill cavities with wild rice mixture; close using wooden picks.
  • Rub skins with melted butter.
  • Roast hens into preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  • Towards the end of roasting time, prepare apricot glaze.
  • Roast hens for 20 minutes longer, basting hens several times with apricot glaze.
Fruited Wild Rice Stuffing
  • Bring water to a boil into a large saucepan.
  • Add chicken broth concentrate cube; stir until dissolved.
  • Add wild rice and bring back to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover saucepan and leave to simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove from heat; drain.
  • Into a large mixing bowl, mix together drained wild rice, green grape slices, choped apple and pecans, grated orange rind, chopped water chestnuts, basil and thyme.
  • Salt and peper to taste.
Apricot Glaze
  • Stir together all ingredients into a small saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until mixture turns clear and thickens.