Monday, October 19, 2009

Mushroom Stuffed Cornish Hens



Every Friday night my husband and I like to drop the kids off and go on some sort of a date. We would prefer to just eat out every week, but since we're living on a bit of a budget right now, we just can't afford to do that all the time. So instead of eating out, we've started staying in and cooking a meal that neither of us would normally do on a regular weeknight. It's been so much fun, and cooking at home without the kids is so different! It's so quiet, the house stays nice and clean, and I get to have uninterrupted conversation with my guy!

So for our first "eating in" night, we thought we'd try Elizabeth's Cornish game hens. I had never made game hens before, so just the experience of working with a completely different type of meat was fun. I love the mushroom stuffing, and of course, everyone loves bacon. These were a real treat, and a real novelty as well. Go check out the recipe, here, on Elizabeth's page, and stick around to look at the rest of her stuff too, she's got a fantastic blog!

29 comments:

Katherine Aucoin said...

What a terrific idea! We really enjoy our "date" nights, they are a must. Your cornish hens came out beautifully!

Ingrid said...

Oh, wow! You go girl! They look so impressive! You guys did a wonderful job.

If you don't mind me asking exactly where do you drop your guys off on Fridays so I can drop mine there as well! :)
~ingrid

Debbie said...

That's such a good idea...we all need a date night! Your cornish hens look good, especially with the bacon on top!

Erica said...

How fun! This turned out perfectly!!Looks super fancy too

the ungourmet said...

What a nice idea to have a night in date! My husband and I really should do this! I love game hens and this one looks so nice with the mushrooms and bacon! :D

Leslie said...

oh how I sooooo need a date night!
I havent made cornish hens in forever. These look amazing

jscardon said...

Wow. And wow again. I've never attempted something culinarian (is that a word?). The most complex thing I've ever roasted and stuffed was a chicken. They look good enough to eat!!:)

MaryBeth said...

you are so right. elizabeth has a great site but then again so do you. i love looks of your cute little hens and with bacon on them they must be fabulous.

Jenn said...

Nice. I usually make a cornish hen once a year around the holidays. I love the stuffing idea. I'll just maybe try that this year. Thanks.

Cheryl said...

Wow that is almost tooo beautiful to eat! Cooking with the hubster is always fun!

Donna-FFW said...

Love this teresa. I am always looking for different ideas for cornish hens. Ive only tried them 2 ways. This will be next! Looks fantastic!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've been wanting to try Cornish hens for a long time! I'm so glad I have a recipe to try!

Pam said...

What a fun date night - I need to do that more often with my husband. I love the idea of the mushroom stuffing.

girlichef said...

mmmmmmm....bacon! They're gorgeous. We really need a date night. Really. :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

Perfect dinner for date nights

HoneyB said...

Date night at home is a great idea. Things are tough for a lot of people...and it is nice to have things you can do at home that is much more affordable! Oh, and the hens - look YUM!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the kind words Teresa! I am glad you tried these hens, I really enjoyed them and happy you did as well!

burpandslurp said...

Wow, how wonderful! I love that you stuffed a WHOLE hen!

doggybloggy said...

great money saving date idea - love the little hens!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a sweet tradition to start! These look absolutely delicious!!

Lynn said...

This looks soooo good! And what a fantastic idea, to have "date night" with your hubby at home. And to make special food. I love it :)

Coleen's Recipes said...

This looks fantastic. Years ago, we made game hens all the time, I can't remember why we stopped. Your blog today has put game hens back on the menu, thanks!!

Alissa said...

Holy cow girl, your pictures of those hens are mouth watering!!!! Great job! Put bacon on anything and I'll eat it:) Mmmm mmm!

Megan said...

What a fun dinner. I haven't made hens in a long time and think I should revisit them, soon!

Katy ~ said...

You and your beloved having a date night is great; and celebrating with a special meal to boot, WOW! I just love hearing about couples who make special time for each other.

Cornish game hens, boy I haven't had those in ages and ages. The meal sounds romantic, and those birds make a terrific presentation. Well done!

My word verification is "unrobes". LOL!!

Carrie said...

Wow, the cornish hens look amazing! They are so elegant looking, I've always wanted to make them but never have. You did a great job!

Libby said...

That's a good idea about staying in and cooking dinner on "date night." Once my hubby and I find a good babysitter, we need to try that :)

The Food Hunter said...

That hen looks great.

Spryte said...

Love your dates nights!