Sunday Dinner, Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

    "Ray, do you remember those stuffed Cornish game hens we used to do and where the recipe is?" "Why yes, Mary Margaret, I do, San Francisco Encore." She was shocked that I remembered, given that I own at least 100 cookbooks, but some things are just too important to forget! Anyway, that is how our Sunday evening plans started to come together; stuffed Cornish game hens, potatoes, salad, may dad's famous garlic bread and tofu chocolate pudding! 


Stuffed Cornish Game Hens   


     The meal turned out really well so I thought I would share a few of the recipes.  It has been a secret for years, but I may just reveal the secret to my dad's garlic bread. 


Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

(two hens)

Saute 1/4 cup chopped shallots for 2 minutes, add 3/4 cup of chopped, cooked spinach to shallots with 1/2 pound chopped mushrooms.  Turn heat up to high and cook until mushrooms are brown and pan is dry.  Let cool slightly and add 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, 4 tablespoons of parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of thyme and salt and pepper to taste.


Season the inside of the hens with salt and pepper and add 4 garlic cloves and a sprig of parsley to each cavity.  Loosen skin over breasts and gently stuff spinach mixture under the skin.


Stuffing the Birds


Tie the legs together, rub with softened butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 425 degrees for 40 minutes to one hour, depending on the bird's size.  We prefer to smoke the birds.  For us, two birds feed four.


The Results


What is a Cornish game hen?


Note-I have not tried it yet, but I think it would be very tasty to stuff the birds with pesto instead of the spinach mixture.


Dad's Garlic Bread

Chop 4 or 5 garlic cloves very fine and add to about one cup of mayonnaise.  Yes, the secret ingredient is mayonnaise!  Slather mayonnaise mixture on your favorite french bread and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle with paprika and broil until brown and crunchy.  Serve immediately!


     This dessert is rich, delicious and super simple to make.  Tofu?  Yes!  Trust me on this one.


Tofu Chocolate Pudding

Melt one four oz. semi sweet chocolate bar in microwave at medium power, 30 seconds at a time (I use a bit more chocolate).  Add one 12 oz. package of silken tofu, two tablespoons maple syrup (honey or sugar) and melted chocolate to a blender.  Blend until very smooth.  Transfer to four ramekins until well chilled.  Serve topped with fruit or chocolate shavings. 


Chocolate Tofu Pudding


     If you try any of these recipes or any variations of them, I would love to hear about your results below.


    Thank you, Rocky Dickerson for this month's fun challenge.  It has inspired me to spend a little more time in the kitchen.  Maybe  next month's challenge should include tips about how to lose the weight all of us at ActiveRain have gained during July's challenge.  😉


     San Francisco a la Carte and San Francisco Encore are classics.  They are classics.  The cold rice salad in San Francisco a La Carte is simply delicious.


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             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

Past Client Testimonials   

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758




Comments (41)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Those cornish games hens sound delicious!!!  It's 6:30am and I want some NOW.

Jul 14, 2021 05:40 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Joan Cox.  I hope dinner turned out great for you yesterday.  I agree, the mayo sounds strange, but we have served the garlic bread a lot and just about 100% of those served ask for the recipe.  Oh, and it is low calorie!  🤣


Good morning, Kathy Streib.  I think you will like the Cornish game hens.  They were even good yesterday served cold.  

When I told my family that I was making tofu pudding the first time, it went over like a lead balloon.  They asked for it Sunday!

I hope Larry gets that new smoker for his collection.  I know he deserves it!

Jul 14, 2021 05:54 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Hi John Pusa, thank you for taking the time to drop by and comment.  If you try them, let me know what you think.


Good morning, Nina Hollander, Broker.  Same with us.  We love this recipe and I can't remember the last time we made them.  It is not even that hard or time consuming.

Btw-Mary Margaret would love it if I gave away some of my cookbooks.  She used to have a rule.  If I buy one, I have to give one away.  I decided to ignore that rule.  As far as vices go, it is not all that bad of a habit. 😇 

Jul 14, 2021 05:59 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Hi Brian England and there will be more soon, especially if you stop working so hard!


Good morning, Kat Palmiotti.  I would not mind having some for breakfast either.  Breakfast, for me, consists of something healthy, though and boring!  Have a great day!  

Jul 14, 2021 06:02 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Raymond Henson, eXp Realty what a great and very detailed post. Love the camera work on the videos too! Looks like great recipes to try

Jul 14, 2021 06:49 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - OK - I started laughing when I heard it has been 5 years since you made one of your favorite recipes.  Great Videos!  

Jul 14, 2021 08:08 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Rocky Dickerson.  The videos are foreign to me, but I am working hard to get comfortable with them.  I appreciate you taking the time to watch them.


Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, I appreciate you taking the time to watch my video and I am glad you found some humor in it.  I never know how my quirky sense of humor will go over.

Jul 14, 2021 09:07 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray, I have thought about cornish game hens since you wrote this, and think tonight that is what will be for dinner!  

Jul 17, 2021 07:13 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Please share how they turn out and how you prepare them.  Bon appetit!

Jul 17, 2021 07:15 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, those look divine! I haven't prepared a cornish game hen in years but, you've made me want to give this recipe a whirl! Great videos too - just WOW, Ray!!


Funny but, I also have a large cookbook collection and I never really thought about it but, I can tell you which cookbook a recipe came from too! You're right, it's important to remember these things!!


About your Traeger - I've been smoking a lot lately and wonder if having an electric smoker would expedite meal preps? I have a Big Green Egg but, it takes quite some time to get the temperature adjusted. I've heard great things about the Traeger.


Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge. 


See you Tuesday!

Jul 18, 2021 09:19 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS.  Thank you very much.  I am glad you enjoyed my post.  If you try the recipe, I hope you really enjoy it.


I do like my Traeger.  It is super easy to use, almost as easy as turning on the oven.  My son has a traditional smoker.  I would say you get more of the traditional smoke flavor from his, but he has to do a whole lot more work.


I would love to have a Big Green Egg, maybe after we move to a more permanent home next year.


I appreciate all you do.  Thank you once again!

Jul 19, 2021 05:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Raymond, for sharing your recipes.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 21, 2021 11:44 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

You are welcome, Roy Kelley.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great day too!

Jul 21, 2021 03:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Raymond.

Thank you very much for your comments on my posts.

Take care, be safe and have a productive week.

Jul 25, 2021 08:43 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

And a very happy Sunday to you, Roy Kelley.  It is always great to hear from you.  Thank you. 

Jul 25, 2021 10:29 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

OK, I couldn't get past the 100 cookbooks! I think I own two. LOL

Sounds delicious!

Jul 28, 2021 06:14 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Hi Sharon Tara, my wife rolls her eyes every time I buy a new one.  Yes, I do have a problem!  😉

Jul 28, 2021 06:22 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Hi Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  I love your idea for the stuffing of these little game birds; I never would have thought of mushrooms & cheese but I'll certainly give it a go!  I like serving a variety of game birds at Thanksgiving as turkey is not one of my favourite things.  

Also, I thank you for your kind words on my Charcuterie Board.  Always appreciated.

Keep on cookin!

Jul 31, 2021 09:29 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  Most impressive! I like the combo of spinach and ricotta. It actually seems Italian to me!  I also liked your demonstration, and showing the fully stuffed hen.

Jul 31, 2021 12:41 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Susan Emo, your board was easy to say nice things about.  It was so beautiful.  If you try the cornish game hens, I hope you really like them.


Hi Wendy Rulnick.  Thank you.  I think the inspiration is Italian and it is really a tasty stuffing.  One day, I may try a good, homemade pesto, but I keep thinking, why mess with success.  I also appreciate you commenting on my video.  It has been tough for me to get on that end of a camera. 

Jul 31, 2021 01:03 PM