California Oven-roasted Cornish Game Hens Stuffed with California Raisins and Smoked Ham

Submitted by: Thomas Keller

Smoked ham and raisins fill bread stuffing and game hens with a tangy, sweet flavor.

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INGREDIENTS

    Raisin Stuffing

    • 4 ounce smoked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice
    • 1 1/4 cups California raisins
    • 4 cups (6 ounces) bread, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

    Hens

    • 4 each Cornish game hens
    • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, for brushing hens
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    PROCEDURE

    Raisin Stuffing

    Prepare 12 hours in advance. In a medium bowl, combine all the stuffing ingredients. Cover and refrigerate mixture; marinate for 12 hours.

    Hens

    Preheat oven to 425°F. Rinse the cavities of the hens well; pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Divide the stuffing equally between the hens and insert into the cavities. Truss the hens and brush the exterior with melted butter; season with salt and pepper.

    Roast the hens for 45 minutes, basting every 15 minutes. Remove the hens from the oven. Let them rest for 10 minutes before serving.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 670 (54% from fat); Total Fat 40g (sat 17g, mono 14g, poly 5g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 215mg; Protein 47g; Carbohydrate 29g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 18g; ); Iron 3mg; Sodium 780mg; Calcium 64mg; Potassium 557mg

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