ffwD: Sausage-stuffed Cornish hen


How delicious was this week’s assignment? I’d never had Cornish hen before; although I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular, I did enjoy how all the flavors went together. The spicyness of the sausage, the slight sweetness from the pan-drippings glaze, and the hint of saltiness from the hen itself. However, this will have to be a “sometimes treat” recipe as one Cornish hen set me back $7.00 a pound, so I only bought one. Maybe I’ll try this same stuffing and cooking method with a garden-variety whole chicken…

This sausage-stuffed Cornish hen was made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary Hirsch
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 20:48:53

    How big was your hen? It actually looks like a cornish hen is supposed to look. From my memory, they do have a taste all their own. A treat, for sure, and I’m glad you liked it as well.

  2. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 21:19:29

    I closed my eyes when they rang up 5 for me at Whole Foods. Yikes. But the family loved them 🙂

  3. Bam's Kitchen
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 21:47:51

    Hi there! I know that cornish hens are small but your photo makes this look so big like it could feed a family of 6. Stuffing with sausage is something I know my teenagers would adore. Take Care, BAM

  4. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 22:12:36

    Wow! That is pricey. This looks fabulous, and I’m glad it was so delicious!

  5. The Foodie Affair
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 23:40:46

    Good idea on using a whole chicken next time. The stuffing sounds fabulous!

  6. EmilyC
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 23:51:51

    Envy you your Cornish hen! I do love Dorie’s 15x15x10 roasting method. Works so well!

  7. Corina
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 02:07:53

    It looks lovely. I bet it’s the stuffing that really makes this special.

  8. Cher
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 07:17:19

    Wow, that is steep, but I am sure it was tasty. The things we do for Dorie 🙂

  9. Michael's Woodcraft
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 07:29:00

    Looks really delicious 🙂 We had Cornish hens two week ago, paid $6.69 a pound. They are expensive but are delicious!

  10. I Wilkerson
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 08:33:39

    Looks great! I used to make Cornish hen a lot for “company dinner” in my first apartment. They were quite reasonable then.

  11. tastytreats13
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 11:04:53

    That sounds and looks delicious!

  12. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 11:47:07

    Looks delish! I think the hens must all come from the northwest, they weren’t too expensive here. Have a great weekend.

  13. apuginthekitchen
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 12:45:46

    I used to make cornish hens all the time, haven’t in a long time. I have to make them again, love the recipe. Delicious!

  14. SandraM
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 13:44:17

    Sounds delicious. And I agree it would be good to try on a regular chicken.

  15. bakeawaywithme.com
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 14:30:23

    Wow, I can’t believe how expensive your hen was! I paid 12 dollars for two hens about 11/2 pounds each! Your Cornish Hen looks delicious …great photo!

  16. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 14:35:43

    I haven’t had Cornish hens in too long. These look wonderful.

  17. Monica
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 16:09:28

    I can’t remember the last time I had cornish game hen. It is a real treat, and you can’t go wrong with sausage stuffing!

  18. oneexpatslife
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 16:13:32

    Looks delicious. The price might explain why I never really ate these when I lived in the US. They are cheap here so we eat them somewhat regularly.

  19. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 18:29:55

    This hen looks so flavoursome, great stuffing!

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. betsy
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 19:55:17

    I’m surprised at the variability of price on the hens. I found a 1.5 pound hen for $3. It was on sale this week, but the regular price (or price without the grocery store card) was only $4.50 for the whole bird. Glad you enjoyed it, regardless of the cost.

  21. greyhousejournal
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 21:12:11

    I haven’t had Cornish Hens in ages. This recipe looks really good. I agree though, at $7/lb. I’d try it on a regular chicken. I know that the game hens have a slightly different flavor, but I’m guessing the star of the show is the stuffing.

  22. Geraldine Saucier
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 23:59:22

    It has been years since I made Cornish hens. The family really did not like them. It is a great idea using the stuffing for chicken.

  23. Sammie
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 01:42:15

    What a lovely dish!!! Awesome stuffing!

  24. dulceshome
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 09:25:52

    I had very similar sticker shock ($15 for one!), but this was fun, fast and elegant. Yours looks beautiful, and that it was a nice treat!

  25. Tricia S.
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 10:20:15

    I remain amazed at how much these little hens cost – and how the prices vary. Mine cost a little over $10 for two. Wish I had noted how big they were. They were not exactly tiny but I was still complaining about the price until I read what some of the other Doristas were shelling out. Ouch. Luckily the meal seems to have been universally enjoyed. That stuffing alone would could have been added to just about any meat for me and I would have loved it 🙂

  26. libishski
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 18:25:00

    Whoa! Mad stuffing!

  27. Three Well Beings
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 22:45:56

    I’ve cooked these little guys before, but I never found them so wonderful that they were worth the expense. I do think they make a nice presentation. I think I’d also be tempted to try the sausage stuffing with a whole roast chicken. More bang for your buck! 🙂

  28. trevorsisboom
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 23:00:50

    I served them halfsies with lots of veggies and sides so that everyone would have enough and forget that there wasn’t much edible meat on them.

  29. Anita Menon
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 02:38:17

    looks like a hearty chicken dish..

  30. My Kitchen Stories
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 06:06:44

    Love a cornish hen. Nice flavours you must have enjoyed it

  31. Deepti
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 13:46:16

    Looks like a great dish! My friend loves cornish hen and was just describing her recipe previous evening!

  32. Daniela
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 14:51:49

    Can’t get Cornish hen over here , but will try for sure the filling with another bird, sounds very tasty!

  33. kitchen flavours
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 23:02:03

    Oh Yum! This looks delicious!

  34. Raymund
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 01:17:17

    Wow this is a feast, looks so delicious. Now I am hungry.

  35. hotlyspiced
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 05:09:53

    I know Cornish hens are an English thing but I’m quite sure we can’t buy them here. This baked hen looks really yummy xx

  36. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 07:59:10

    i cant believe you did this! It is beyond amazing and I love it

  37. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 08:22:02

    While I know this is a Cornish Hen – it does truly make me want to have Thanksgiving all over again! 🙂 How many more months?

  38. Joyti
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 10:29:21

    Wow, that looks SO decadent!

    I haven’t visited you for a while, so I hope you’re doing well!!

  39. Mary Frances
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 11:14:26

    That looks like a satisfying meal!

  40. Judit + Corina
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 11:55:01

    Love Cornish Hen and your stuffing looks so tasty!

  41. The Squishy Monster
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 12:51:24

    I do enjoy a cornish hen, will have to stuff it like this next time!

  42. Abbe@This is How I Cook
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 16:23:58

    There is a reason why Cornish hens are for special occasions. Somehow though I have always been lucky to find them on special. Love this preparation!

  43. Beth
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 17:41:06

    This recipe sounds delicious!

  44. Carolyn Jung
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 19:49:42

    Love Cornish hens, especially for dinner parties.

  45. Tracy
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 19:50:36

    I’m a vegetarian but the rest of my family would love this.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  46. Cakelaw
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 20:30:09

    Yep, that’s about what I paid too. The end result looks delicious!

  47. sprinklesandsauce
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 21:47:20

    this cornish hen looks so succulent! yum!

  48. Amelia
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 09:26:40

    Hi, wow… that’s a very scrumptious meal, Look really good, 2 thumbs up for you.

    Best regards.

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