Apple-Glazed Cornish Hens

Serves: 6

This is a wonderful change for Christmas dinner from the traditional turkey or ham. These golden brown game hens are treated to a citrusy cinnamon-apple glaze that's simple but special enough for a standout entree. Prepare the hens the day before so they are ready to pop in the oven on Christmas day.

Yield: 6 servings
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6 Cornish hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup thawed apple juice concentrate
3 lemons slices
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Tie legs of each hen together; tuck wings under hens. Place on a greased rack in a roasting pan. In a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and apple juice concentrate until smooth. Stir in the lemon slices and cinnamon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.

Spoon half of the glaze over the hens. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with remaining glaze. Yield: 6 servings.


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