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This is a simple and easy recipe for roasted Cornish hens. This changes things up a bit from chicken!

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prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and white pepper. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring often, until moisture has evaporated and mushrooms start to brown, about 12 minutes.

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  • Stir walnuts and white wine into the skillet. Cook, scraping browned bits off the bottom of the skillet, until wine has evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Season Cornish hens inside and out with remaining 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Open cavities gently with your fingers; stuff with mushroom mixture. Pull skin back in place to cover stuffing. Place hens breast side-up in a roasting pan.

  • Roast in the preheated oven, basting once or twice with juices from the pan, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 180 degrees F (82 degrees C), about 45 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

Cook's Note:

Substitute pine nuts for the walnuts if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

755 calories; protein 57.1g; carbohydrates 13.3g; fat 52.2g; cholesterol 309.9mg; sodium 1028.4mg. Full Nutrition
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