Friday, March 14, 2014

FFWD ~ Sausage-Stuffed Cornish Hens

FFWD ~ Sausage-Stuffed Cornish Hens
This week, for French Friday, our recipe is Sausage Stuffed Cornish Hens.  I have always loved serving these cute little birds.  They make such a nice presentation at dinner parties.  My first and favorite recipe for Cornish Hens, involves a glaze and stuffing made with Amaretto!  Sounds good…right?  So, I was looking forward to making these mini chickens this week for French Fridays!

According to Wikipedia...in the U.S. a Cornish game hen, also called Cornish hen, Poussin, and Rock Cornish hen is a hybrid chicken sold whole.  Despite the name, it is not a game bird, but actually a type of domestic chicken. Although the bird is called a “hen”, it can be either male or female. Things I never knew!!

The stuffing was quite good!
One of the things I love about making Cornish hens, besides presentation, is their fast cooking time. Dorie’s recipe called for two game hens, stuffed with a sausage mixture. The sausage is sautéed (casings removed) in a frypan, with some aromatics, an egg, cubed bread, fresh parsley, and if you have the liver, don’t forget to add it to the mix.
After rinsing the birds, salt and pepper the insides, then lightly stuff with the sausage mixture. Place them in either the fry pan or another baking pan, brush with melted butter or oil, and bake for about 40 minutes.  Dorie calls for making a sauce with some white wine.  Before I placed the birds in the oven, I poured the wine into the pan that I was baking them in.
Another French Friday, another winner! We’re on a roll!  Bill and I both enjoyed this wonderful, company worthy dish! Easy…yes! Delicious…you bet! Happy Friday everyone!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans’ cookbook “Around My French Table”.  You can find a very similar recipe here in the NYTimes! To see how our Doristas did with this recipe, check it out here.

These were done in 40 minutes….how quick is that?
Very delicious…a company worthy meal!  Doristas, we’re on a roll!! 

27 comments:

  1. I like the pop of green from the asparagus. I find that I am drawn to anything green right now :-)

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  2. Your hens look terrific Kathy - if you served me that, I would have to restrain myself from licking the plate.

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  3. I did not know the Cornish game hen was not a game bird. When I think about it, I can't ever remember hearing about anyone hunting it (like quail) but guess I gave it no thought. I have never heard of anyone raising cornish hens. Hmmmm. I think I need to know more. Yours look delicious, Kathy, and you are right, we're on a roll. Nicely done with beautiful sides. I can tell you are enjoying be back in your kitchen because you are baking all kinds of goodies. Hopefull you brought back some Florida weather to get that East Coast snow melting.

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  4. We loved these too and yours look delicious! I served mine with asparagus too.

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  5. They look so beautifully golden brown and delicious!

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  6. Thank You for the fun facts...I had no idea! I also loved this one and especially like that it is a snap to make. Have a nice weekend.

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  7. The things I never knew! I did like this recipe - I agree, they make an elegant dish, and are surprisingly easy and fast. Yours look wonderful, especially with the asparagus. Yum!!

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  8. Looks and sounds delicious! I did not know about the gender of Cornish hens either.. Here I am dismayed at people eating these tiny tiny birds (they eat them in France too) and wish they would just leave them alone!

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  9. Nice write up, and lovely results!

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  10. delicioso! absolutely delicious Kathy!!xx

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  11. Kathy, absolutely outstanding looking Cornish hens! Love all about your presentation - around here, Cornish hens are not readily available and I had to order them and once they finally arrive, I will certainly have to make up this recipe as you make it look so wonderful!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  12. Your meal looks delicious. If it wasn't for the asparagus I would think that it was Thanksgiving.

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  13. This is a gorgeous and delicious looking dinner Kathy. I so wish it was on my table tonight!

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  14. Everything on the plate looks delectable Kathy

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  15. What a nice looking meal, Kathy! Is that cranberry sauce or beets? And thank you for the poultry lesson. I didn't know there was so much misinformation underlying the name of Cornish hens! I really loved the stuffing part of the recipe and look forward to making that part again. I'm glad you guys enjoyed this so much. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Betsy, I served cranberry sauce…we love it with chicken!

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  16. When I saw this on YummyChunklet, my mouth just watered. I used to make Cornish Hens in my very first apartment but haven't done them in ages. Looks even better with the stuffing!

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  17. We are huge fans of Cornish hens, Kathy. They make a gorgeous presentation and are just enough for the both of us. Yours look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing, Kathy...

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  18. Oh that plate looks so amazing ! Yes, these were a winner indeed. Great info about the Cornish Hens- I had no idea of this background and while I do enjoy them, don't think I have cooked one in YEARS. That is one of the fun things about the FFWD. It is not always the new that we are introduced to, but the old favorites as well :)

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  19. I never had parsnips before cooking these recipes with Dorie, now we love them. I have been sneaking
    them in all over, including a stew I just finished. Your dish turned out great, and the cranberry is perfect
    for it. Have a great weekend.

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  20. Your hens look so wonderful, I could almost taste them! What a great recipe.

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  21. This recipe looks so good that it makes me want to eat something with bones! I love the sausage stuffing! ~ David

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  22. I was not able to find cornish hens so I stuffed a nice plump chicken with this amazing stuffing and it came out wonderful! I love the presentation of your meal with the asparagus and the lovely looking stuffing!

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  23. Now your birds browned beautifully!

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  24. Dear Kathy, Cornish hens are so nice to serve. They make such a nice presentation. The dish is picture perfect. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  25. Thank you for the link to the amaretto hens. They sound like an excellent dinner party recipe!

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