Holiday dinners don’t always have to be made for large crowds of extended family. Tonight’s elegant looking meal is actually very easy to create – which gives you more time to spend with your special someone. Let’s get cookin’!
2 Game Hens
1 large sweet Apple
2 or 3 slices of rustic white Bread
4 oz. goat Feta
1/4 cup dried Cranberries
1/2 cup Chicken Stock
1/2 teaspoon crushed Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon crushed Thyme
dash ground Nutmeg
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly toast your bread (or use slightly stale bread). Cut into small cubes. Coarsely chop your apple and add to the bread. Coarsely chop the dried cranberries and add to the stuffing. Add the feta, 1/2 teaspoon each crushed rosemary and crushed thyme. Add 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock and gently stir to combine the ingredients. The bread will absorb the chicken stock.
Wash the game hens and be sure the body cavity is clean. Stuff with the stuffing mixture. Tie the legs to hold the body cavity closed. Brush with Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a baking pan on a baking rack.
Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional hour or until the internal temperature of the stuffing and the thickest part of the game hen is 165 degrees.
Bake any remaining stuffing mixture in a baking dish until it reaches a temperature of 165 degrees.
Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and pumpkin pie.
Although this is the season of “thanks”, we hope you find something each day of the year to strengthen your attitude of gratitude. We are very thankful for all of you that have continued to check in our adventures in cooking. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.