Cornish Game Hen

I wanted to make something different tonight. I haven’t prepared Cornish game hens in probably 20 years, so it’s about time!

Ingredients:

2 Cornish Game Hens, thawed. Rinse them and pat them dry.
Olive oil

For the stuffing:
2 slices bacon, partially cooked, diced
2 tablespoons celery, minced finely
2 tablespoons carrot, minced finely
2 tablespoons onion, minced finely
4 large fresh basil leaves, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced

In a small bowl, mix the stuffing ingredients together.

Using half of the stuffing mix, stuff one bird. Don’t pack the cavity too full. Do the same for the second bird.

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For the seasoning:
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper

In a small bowl, mix the seasonings together.

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Rub each bird with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning on each bird, massaging the seasoning into the bird gently. Truss the birds.

Set your Ninja 3-in-1 to STOVETOP HIGH. Brown the birds, 5 minutes per side should do it.

Remove the birds and place on the wire rack. Tip: Spray the wire rack well with PAM or other nonstick spray.

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Add 1 cup of water into the pot. Place the rack containing the birds into the Ninja.

Set to OVEN 350°F and steam cook for approximately 1 hour. Keep an eye on the liquid level at the bottom of the pan. Don’t let it all steam away. I added 1/2 cup water several times.

Served up with rustic potatoes leftover from the other day and some fresh green beans and a glass of red (!!) wine.

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