Recipe for Cornish Hens With Apple and Sausage Stuffing

Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens
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Ratings (6)
  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1254 Calories
56g Fat
15g Carbs
164g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cornish game hens are flavored with butter and filled with a flavorful apple sausage stuffing. The savory stuffing comes alive with poultry seasoning, herbs, sausage, and apples. These are sure to wow all the guests at your next dinner party.


  • 6 to 8 ounces bulk pork sausage
  • 2 cups toasted bread cubes
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup melted butter, divided
  • 5 tablespoons chicken broth, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf sage, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 6 Cornish game hens, about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds each

Steps to Make It

  1. Brown sausage well then drain off grease. Add bread cubes, apples, celery, raisins, onion, 1/4 cup of the melted butter, 2 tablespoons of the chicken broth, sage, poultry seasoning, and salt; mix well.

  2. In a separate or cup, combine remaining 1/2 cup melted butter and 3 tablespoons chicken broth. Set aside to use for basting.

  3. Lightly stuff Cornish hens with dressing mixture; close openings with skewers. Place hens in a large roasting pan; bake at 400 F for 1 hour, or until the Cornish hens are tender. Baste Cornish hens occasionally with combined remaining margarine and chicken broth.