Dried cranberries add plenty of flavor to these Cornish game hens.


James Baigrie

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread out diced bread on a rimmed baking sheet; toastin oven, turning occasionally, until light brown and dry, 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside.

  • Raise oven temperature to 450 degrees. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add leek, mushrooms, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; stir in bread, chopped sage, parsley, mustard, thyme, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, and 1/2 cup broth.

  • Spoon stuffing into bird cavities; tie legs together with kitchen twine. Rub birds with butter, then sprinkle with pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  • Arrange birds on a roasting rack in a large roasting pan. Roast until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thighs (avoiding bone) registers 170 degrees, 15 to 20 minutes more. Transfer rack with birds to a rimmed baking sheet, and let rest.

  • Set roasting pan on top of stove across two burners; set heat to medium-high. Add port and remaining 1/4 cup broth; deglaze pan, scraping up any browned bits from bottom with a wooden spoon. Add remaining 1/4 cup dried cranberries; cook, stirring, until sauce reduces slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Place birds on a serving platter, and drizzle sauce over them. Garnish with sage leaves, if desired, and serve.

Reviews (3)

99 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 29
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  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
Cornish Hens were easy and amazing. Cut recipe down for two without any issues. Will definitely be making this again.
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I used to cook for 6 and now only for 2.....you just need to learn to recalculate the recipe ingredients to serve one OR use these recipes for your dinner parties! No big deal. :)
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I would love to prepare your cornish game hen recipes, but as I am single, I want to cook only 1(one) hen. Can/will you please put recipes on the web for one or two servings only. Many, many people are put off by the large number of servings your recipes make