|A perfect dinner!|
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie challenge is for Sausage-Stuffed Cornish Hens. Well, we had a little trouble finding them, so instead, we stuffed huge Chicken Breasts. We made a basic sausage stuffing, cut pockets into the meatiest part of the chicken breasts, stuffed them, then roasted them in the same pan we cooked the sausage in. The chicken was cooked just perfectly in 40 minutes.
|Split Chicken Breasts with Sausage Stuffing|
Then, we deglazed the pan with 1/2 cup of Syrah (instead of white wine because it was open) and we made the wine sauce which we strained before pouring over the chicken. We used Italian Sausage for the stuffing and served our chicken with tri-color Couscous and roasted Asparagus.
This recipe was so delicious, and so easy, that we talked about all kinds of variations we could make with different stuffing flavor combinations. Because all of the preparation can be done ahead of time, this would be a great recipe to make for company. And the chicken smells amazing while it’s roasting, so your guests would be welcomed with an enticing aroma as they entered your kitchen.
In other Dorista news – Dorie’s newest cookbook, Baking Chez Moi is available for pre-order on amazon and we’ve already been given permission to continue our group by working our way through it once we complete Around My French Table! I’m so excited because I love to bake and we can all continue along this journey together!
|Lovely Amaryllis blooming in our garden|
Love the couscous and asparagus that you served with it Susan – I would love to sit down to this meal.
Mary Hirsch says
What is it with the West Coast and Cornish Hens. I am sure my COrnish Hens were small chickens in disguise. You and John had a great idea, Susan, and your rice/asparagus were a great addition. I actually served asparagus risotto with my faux-Cornish Hens and sausage stuffing. I also am thrilled to be continuing on with French Fridays and with you all with Chez Moi. The Amaryllis is breathtaking. In the mountains we only grow them at Christmas in pots. See you later today.
Cher Rockwell says
Very creative adaptation – I like it!
I wonder how many of the pre-sales on Chez Moi belong to FFwD members ๐
There is still nothing blooming in our yard – I hope to be able to see my lawn by the end of the month. Come on spring!
Liz Berg says
Great idea! I could do your version any night of the week. In fact, your whole meal looks wonderful ๐
That looks like such a delicious meal! Great idea to use chicken breasts – I am sure it was tasty.
Good idea to use the chicken breast instead, it looks so good. Enjoy your weekend with Mary, I am sure
you are all going to have a blast.
Gracie ~ Food Fascination says
Nice to know this recipe works with chicken breast. I am so excited for Dorie’s new book, as a matter of fact, I am enjoying a macaron right now and wondering what recipes we will discover next!
The couscous and asparagus are perfect accompaniments to the chicken. Here in NJ, Cornish Hens are in every market…funny how things are so different from coast to coast! Your meal looks delicious! Happy weekend, Susan!
Looks fabulous, Susan. Your idea to stuff a bigger piece of chicken would solve my bony bird issues. I’ll remember that for another time. Enjoy your time with Mary!
Your dish looks wonderful! I skipped the sauce, but thought this was a lot of fun. I think I might be the only one who was able to find these babies thawed, but that was a bit pricey ($15.00 for 1), the chicken breast idea is a great one. Your meal looks delish, and I’m jealous that you get to head north and visit Mary. Have a fabulous weekend!
Looking good, and will remember that this option also works great!
That’s probably a better way to do it for company actually. We loved our little birdies, but we had to give up with the knife and fork and go at them with our fingers, which might be a bit messy for company.
tricia s. says
Love that you ended up using chicken, completely selfishly of me given that you had trouble locating the requisite Cornish Hens…..but it is much easier to find chicken and I think the idea of making this for company is fantastic. I would be more likely to do it with chicken breast stuff liked this and just love your idea. And don’t get me started on how crazy good that plate of food looks. Wow. Not only does it look delicious, but the actual photo itself is just gorgeous. Enjoy your time with Mary- it is definitely making me smile to just think of such a visit. Perhaps you all can start the workings of a Chez Moi kickoff party in Paris ???? ๐ Kidding. Sort of.
Chris Scheuer says
I love that you substituted chicken breasts for the Cornish hens. I think my family would prefer it this way as they don’t think there’s enough meat on Cornish hens. This looks like a fabulous, down home dinner that everyone would love!
Cocoa and Lavender says
I think I would actually prefer your version – no bones!! ๐ Sunds wonderful, Susan! ~ David
Christina Conte says
Do you have a Costco membership, Susan? I saw them just last week at the Burbank Costco, but I don’t know if they’d have them at your local warehouse. Anyway, your version would be much easier to make and eat, right? Sounds so tasty! That’s so cool that you’re going to hit the ground running with the new book! How wonderful! xx
Maria Zioga says
Lovely dish Susan! I also used chicken ecause I could not find anything else. But it was still so delicious! I can’t wait for Dorie’s new ook to e puliched and for us to start aking all the wonderful recipes!!!