Cornish Game Hen with Sausage Stuffing

This is a recipe I developed many years ago and return to it two or three times every year.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 2
Author: Moody's Foodie
Ingredients
Ingredients for the marinade:
  • 2+ T olive oil
  • ½ t coarse salt Morton’s Kosher
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ t dried thyme
  • ½ t minced rosemary (optional)
Ingredients for the sausage stuffing
  • ½ lb. Moody's breakfast sausage
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • ½ - 1/4 t thyme
  • ½ - 1/4 t rosemary
  • Dash cayenne pepper (<1/8 t)
  • ½ t (scant) crushed fennel seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I often eliminate the salt)
Instructions
Preparation:
  1. Marinate 2 hens for at least 6 hours.

  2. Blend in herbs to sausage as if you were kneading dough. 

  3. Pre-heat the oven to 350°.

  4. Stuff the hens and bake @ 350° for 1 hour & 20 minutes, basting the hens every 20 minutes with the reserved marinade.

Recipe Notes

Note: you want to make certain the sausage stuffing is well cooked. One hour, twenty minutes is the minimum.

Wine pairing: This goes well with a Pinot Noir.

Enjoy!