Cornish Hens with Pecan Dressing


2 stalks celery, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tbs butter or margarine
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup cooked long grain and wild rice
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 Cornish hens (1 to 1 -1/4 lb each)
Browning sauce

In medium glass bowl, combine celery, onions, mushrooms, butter, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook on high 5 to 6 minutes, or until celery and onions are tender. Add rice and pecans; combine thoroughly. Stuff hens with pecan mixture. With cotton string, tie legs together. Place hens breast-side on microwave roasting rack set in 8-inch square dish. Brush with browning sauce. Cover with wax paper. Cook at high 17 to 20 minutes, or until hens are tender. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana