Cranberry-Glazed Cornish Hens with Wild Rice

Ingredients

1 box Uncle Ben’s long grain and wild rice, fast cook recipe
½ cup sliced celery
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
4 Cornish game hens, rinsed and patted dry
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare rice according to package directions. Stir in celery, almonds, and ½ of the cranberry sauce; let cool.

Spoon approx. ¾ cup of rice mixture into the cavity of each hen. Tie the drumsticks together with kitchen string and place into a greased shallow roasting pan. Brush each hen with oil, then season with salt and pepper. Roast, uncovered, on center rack of oven 35-45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees at center of breast and juices run clear. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining cranberry sauce in a small sauce pan until heated through.

Place hens onto serving plates and spoon warm cranberry sauce over each.
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