Drunken Cornish Game Hens

Looking for an impressive main dish to serve when company comes over? This cognac-burnished game hen is the one. Covered in a sweet glaze and stuffed with nutty wild rice, it’s a centerpiece you’ll return to again and again.
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Cognac Prune Glaze

  • 1 Tablespoon Danish Creamery Butter
  • 1½ cups pitted prunes, chopped
  • ¼ cup VSOP Cognac
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Wild Rice Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

  • ½ cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Danish Creamery European Style Garlic Salt Butter
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)


  • To make Cognac prune glaze, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add prunes, Cognac, 1 ½ cups water, honey, sugar, balsamic, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until sauce has reduced to a thin syrup, about 15 minutes. Pour off ¼ cup of the liquid glaze for basting, and reserve the prunes for serving.
  • To make wild rice, bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the rice and butter, reduce the heat to a gentle boil, and cook until the rice is tender and starting to split but still has a slight bite, 45 to 55 minutes.
  • Drain and return the rice to the pot. Cover with a clean dish towel and then place the lid on the pot. Let steam for 10 minutes then fluff with a fork.
  • While rice cooks, preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Season cornish game hens all over with salt and pepper and arrange in a roasting pan. Stuff hens with rice and brush with half of the reserved prune glaze.
  • Roast for 50-60 minutes, basting several times with remaining prune glaze, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers at 180°F and the stuffing registers 165°F. Tent birds with foil if browning too quickly.
  • To serve, place roasted game hens on a platter and spoon leftover prunes around them. Enjoy hot.

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