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Cornish Game Hens with Sour Cherry Preserves

This happens to be such an easy recipe it doesn't need a recipe. Select any preserve you love, and eat a beautiful dish in no time! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword Cornish Game Hens
Servings 2
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • 1 ~ 2.8 lbs.package Cornish game hens
  • 1 8-9 oz. jar of sour cherry preserves
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary ( I used thyme)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Wash and clean Cornish game hens. Pat both dry with a paper towel. Place in a baking dish.

  2. Cut one lemon in fourths and stuff 1/4 wedge inside each of the birds. Add your fresh sprigs of thyme inside the birds. Squeeze the remaining lemon wedges over birds. 

  3. Sprinkle birds with salt and pepper. Spoon the preserve over both birds. You may want to keep some aside , for a topping.

  4. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven, for 40-50- minutes until the juice runs clear, or it reaches 160-165 degree internal temperature. Check the oven towards the end of the baking time, and cover the dish if necessary.

  5. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Serve with your choice of vegetables or grain.