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Cornish Game Hens

Serves 8

8 cornish hens
1 cup butter, softened
1 jar apricot jam
Chipotle seasoning to taste
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Rosemary sprigs

  1. Wash hens and pat dry.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, inside and out.
  2. Place hens in a pan with a one-inch lip to catch drippings.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, mix softened butter with jam, cinnamon and chipotle.  Remove hens from oven and increase temperature to 400 degrees.  Slather butter mixture on the hens and return to oven for about 20 minutes, or until birds are done.
  4. Remove hens from oven and slather again with butter mixture.  Let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Add a slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary to each bird with a toothpick and serve.