Game Hen Stuffed with Wild Rice and Mushrooms Recipe
Here's a special holiday meal just right for two. A Cornish game hen is stuffed with wild rice and mushrooms, then roasted with seasonings and butter. The hen is ready in less than 1 hour of baking time.
Attractive Cornish game hens are stuffed with a delicious wild rice mixture!
If you want a more flavorful rice, sautee onions and mushrooms with 3-4 minced garlic cloves. Instead of cooking rice in plain flat water, use half chicken broth and half amber beer. When mixing rice with sauteed mushrooms mixture, add also some dry cranberries and/or slivered almonds. Stuff the hen(s). To avoid that meat/rice dries out, baste hen(s) often with a mixture 1 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup dry white wine, juice of one lemon and 3 tbsp of melted butter. You won't regret it!
I increased the servings to 8 first. I simmered the rice in chicken stock instead of water. I sauted 2.5 oz of slivered almonds in the butter until golden. I added one pkg of chopped white mushrooms and a cup of chopped onion to the almonds. I added that to the cooked rice. Those additions made what was probably a great rice recipe into one of the best wild rice recipes I have ever tasted!
Very tastey and easy to make. I would make this again. The only disappointment I had was that the rice around the opening became dry and had a texture as if it wasn't cooked. Next time in addition to tying the legs together I'm going to do something better to keep the rice around the opening from being exposed while cooking to keep all of it moist and tender as it is delicious and worth eating. I cooked the rice in chicken broth instead of water and seasoned it lightly. I also dribbled the pan drippings over the finished hen too for a finishing touch.
This is a great simple recipe. The wild rice has a unique flavor and when paired with the hen it's wonderful. When you are in the mood for something different this is a great recipe to turn to. I was pleasantly surprised by how flavorful this dish was. It certainly was not dry as the other reviewer suggested. If you think that's going to be an issue roast it breast side down. Thanks for a great recipe!
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