Cornish Hen for Two

Cornish Hen for Two

Well-suited for a romantic dinner for two.

2 tsp hard margarine (butter browns too fast)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery

1-1/2 cups small bread cubes
1/4 tsp salt, scant measure
1/16 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning, generous measure
1/2 tsp chicken bouillon powder
1/3 cup applesauce

1 Cornish hen, about 1 lb (454g) (see Note)

1/4 cup applesauce, for glazing

Stuffing: Melt margarine in frying pan. Add onion and celery. Saute until tender-crisp. Remove from heat.

Add bread cubes, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, bouillon powder and first amount of applesauce. Stir. Add more applesauce if needed. Stuffing should hold together when a handful is squeezed.

Spread stuffing in bottom of small roaster. Lay Cornish hen halves, cut side down, over stuffing. Cover. Bake in 375 F oven for 45 to 60 minutes.

Remove cover. Brush with remaining applesauce. Continue to bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes until tender and glazed. Remove to dish. Keep warm.

1 serving contains: 416 calories; 24.7g fat; 24g protein; 773mg sodium

NOTE: Have your butcher or meat department personnel cut frozen hen in half down the middle. Thaw just before baking.