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Cornish Hens with Honey-Apricot Glaze

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Serves 2


1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cornish game hens
2 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon grated onion
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together cayenne and salt.
  3. Place a rack in a shallow baking pan and then set hens on rack.
  4. Rub 1/3 of the cayenne-salt mixture inside hens. Brush hens with 1 tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle hens with remaining cayenne-salt mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  5. While hens are baking, place honey, preserves, remaining butter, onion and nutmeg into a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until preserves are melted.
  6. Brush preserves mixture over hens. Continue baking hens until golden brown and a meat thermometer registers 180 degrees F, about 40 minutes more. Remove hens from oven and cover with foil; let hens stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Course: Dinner
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