Stuffed Cornish Hens

2 servings

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season inside and out of cornish hens. In a bowl combine mushrooms, onions, carrots, peas, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Stuff vegetables into cavity of each bird to full capacity. Drizzle hens with remaining oil. Criss-cross 2 bacon slices across each hen, tucking ends under birds to keep in place. Place hens on a roasting rack in a roasting pan and pour chicken stock in bottom of pan. Roast hens 45 minutes to 1 hour or until an instant reading thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 170 degrees. Allow hens to rest, loosely covered with foil, for at least 10 minutes while you finish sauce. Bring sauce to a boil in roasting pan, scraping bottom of pan to incorporate any drippings; season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, drizzle hens with sauce.

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    Good, but next time I would cut the hens in half and simply roast them. I would make the stuffing and bake in casserole dish on the side to serve.
    This was my first attempt at making cornish hens, I made them for my parents annual New Year's day open house. They turned out great I had to kick them up a notch and added garlic. I didn't have any peas but no one really ate the stuffing but the stuffing added a lot of flavor and the bacon was a great touch!
    This is the best cornish hen recipe that I have found! Simple and amazing. All the flavors go so well together and the bacon makes it twice as good! Definitely worth a try! My husband agrees :
    Ah, these were good. I made two cornish hens but didn't have any peas, but I did have corn on hand and substituted that for the peas. My mother came over that evening and she just kept saying, these are so tasty. It was so simple and, well, so tasty. Served over mashed potatoes. Hmmm, good.
    This recipe was just ok. Was expecting the chicken to be more flavorful. I felt that I should have basted the chicken more during cooking for more flavor. The sauce was so delicious that I was literally drinking it from the pan. Maybe will try it again and baste the chicken throughout the cooking.
    Came out perfect, added roasted garlic between the bacon and the hen, and gorgonzola mashed potatos, also turned the sauce into gravy adding flour. Very good recipe
    The recipe was very easy to follow and make. My three kids (ages 6-13) loved it.
    Everyone at the table loved this recipe, including the vegetable stuffing. Even the vegeterian, who sometimes each meat for vitamins and minerals, loved this recipe.
    Preparation time contributes to results. Also offers substutues for taste. My friends ate heartily

    Tasty Christmas dish. My guests loved it...and thought it looked great as well!
    I made these for a small Thanksgiving dinner and they were devoured. The hens were moist, the bacon added a great flavor, and the vegetables inside were excellent.
    I love Emeril and his quick/easy recipes..I have all the ingredients without having to do a lot of hunting or spending that I can't afford..I love Emeril and his shows and will continue to learn from his expertise decades from now
    The bird came out really good and tasty because of the bacon! You can put bacon in ANYTHING and I'll eat it (except dessert)!
    excellent for low carb diet and very filling...
    So juicy with so much flavor. I'll make it again!
    I loved this dish so much...quality is key and I did it in a cast iron dutch oven and that just made it so much better.
    This recipe is awesome. Especially when you drizzle the hens with the chicken stock. It has so much flavor. I've made this twice already. This recipe is a keeper!
    This was a very easy recipe I made it for christmas dinner to be a little different. They prepped very quickly and the bacon made them look like they had been gift wrapped. My guests could not believe they took no time and I served them on a platter of sauted spinich. Simpley a wonderful holiday treat.
    The taste is superb! I added white wine to the pan drippings to make gravy and the family ended up eating too much smashed potatoes and meat because it was so yummy. The cornish hens were great with Emeril's roasted garlic smashed potatoes. I served half a hen per person on a plate and the presentation looked classy with the red, white and green stuffing. Perfect for a party.
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