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Cornish Hens Baked In Champagne

From THE GRANDISON AT MANEY PARK
A delicious, unique yet simple way to make cornish hens. Especially nice where there is just the two of you, and a wonderful way to use that little bit of champagne left behind by guests.

2 Cornish hens
Salt
1/4 cup melted butter
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup champagne
Cooked rice or pasta of your choice

Clean the hens and remove the organs. Lightly salt the cavities. Brush with melted butter and lay in a baking pan, breast side up. Pepper the hens to taste. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes to brown. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees, pour champagne over the hens and return to the oven for 30 to 45 minutes. Baste every 5 minutes (this seems like a lot, but it is well worth the flavor result).

Serve the hens whole or split over the bed of rice or pasta. Serves 2, or 4 if split. Also excellent served with a side of buttered brussels sprouts.