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Roast Cornish Game Hens Stuffed with Two Basils

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Category: Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • 1 c Opal basil leaves, fresh
  • 1 c Sweet basil leaves, fresh
  • 1 Orange; zest & juice only
  • 2 Cornish game hens
  • Olive oil; for rubbing
  • Black pepper


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Chop the basils coarsely. Rinse hens and pat dry.

In a bowl, combine the basils, orange zest, and orange juice; mix well.
Tightly pack the basil mixture inside the cavity of each hen. Tie the legs
together with kitchen twine and tuck the wings under. Rub the hens with
olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper. Place, breast side up, on a
roasting rack set inside a lightly greased roasting pan.

Roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and rotate the hens so that the
breasts face down. Roast for 30 minutes longer. To check for doneness,
prick the under side of the thighs with a sharp fork; if the juices run
clear, the hens are done. Remove from the oven and let stand at room
temperature for 5 minutes before serving.

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