My mom Karen prepared an Anniversary Meal for some good friends of hers. Included with the Game Hens, she added her Home-made Croissants, and Cream Puffs for dessert all served with quilted place-mats that she just whipped up!
Serving for 6- Karen says that these are my dad's favorite so she usually leave them whole to bake (but she kind of likes them cut in half). She used to stuff the birds with the wild rice dressing but anymore, she just cooks it separate.
Start with 3 Game Hens
Wash hens, and cut in half, pat dry, and salt lightly. place cut side down on rack in roasting pan then baste with melted butter. Karen also used a little Aloha BBQ Sauce which has a more Polynesian flavor or you can use any flavor for your desired taste (most of the time she just leaves them plain).
Bake hens at 350 for 1 and 15-30 minutes; basting often.
For the Rice Mixture
Each step below will be done at different times so begin making them so everything is finished all at once
I cup brown rice
2 1/4 - 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
In medium sauce pan add water and salt heat on high until boiling, add rice and reduce heat to simmering, cover and cook for 1 hour.
1/4 cup Fall River Valley Wild Rice (from my home town!)
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
In small sauce pan, add water and salt. Heat on high until boiling. Add rice and reduce heat to simmering then cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced onions
1/4 cup butter
In large frying pan, saute veggies in butter, until tender.. add both of the rice.
Serve game hens on a bed of rice mixture. This is also great with peas and water chestnuts (sliver the water chestnuts heat them with the peas, adding a little butter and salt with lots of black pepper)
I think that adding these were such a nice touch! Very sweet :D