Saturday, December 31, 2016

Honey-Glazed Hens with Fruit Stuffing


Closing out the year 2016 with a recipe post! If you're looking for a festive, easy, and very delicious recipe for a special day, here is one: Honey-Glazed Hens with Fruit Stuffing! 

After our very wonderful, memorable Family Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 18, with 23 dear family members in our home, my hubby and I had a quiet Christmas Day on Sunday, Dec. 25 - just the two of us. We absolutely love both: our family home, filling our home with love and joy ... and also, a quiet house, just the two of us. 

I chose this recipe to serve on our quiet Christmas Day. It was the second time preparing this recipe, as I had made it several years ago. And it was even more special than I had remembered ... we loved it! (I halved the recipe, a perfect "dinner for two".)

This menu would be great for a variety of special holidays ... Christmas, New Years, a wedding anniversary, and for any "date night" ...

To print the recipe, click on the "Source" link below ...

Honey-Glazed Hens with Fruit Stuffing


Course: Main/Chicken
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 cup butter cubed
  • 14 cup chopped onion
  • 14 cup chopped celery
  • 4 cups cubed day-old bread
  • 12 cup dried fruit bits
  • 12 cup water
  • 18 teaspoon ground allspice
  • CORNISH HENS:
  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 18 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and celery; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the bread, fruit bits, water and allspice; cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Loosely stuff hens with stuffing. Tuck wings under hens; tie drumsticks together. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Combine butter and honey; drizzle over hens.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 180° for hens and 165° for stuffing, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if hens brown too quickly. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.

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The setting was perfect - we moved our little "cafe table" right close to the Christmas tree, and had Christmas music playing softly ... a relaxing, memorable time with the one I love most. I am so thankful for my dear hubby, and for another year that God has given us, together.

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Thank you for visiting my little online home during this past year! It always gives me great joy when I have the time to write here, and also it gives me great joy when I meet up with someone (either in person or online) who has been blessed or encouraged by what I have shared here. 

Thank you for blessing me with your friendship!
And have a very memorable New Year's Eve today!


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