From "True Grits...Tall Tales and Recipes from the New South," published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox newsletter.


  • 4 (1-1/2 pound) Cornish game hens
  • 1 lemon, cut into halves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup crab meat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half

    To Prepare:

    Rinse the game hens inside and out and pat dry. Rub the game hens with the lemon; sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

    Saute the garlic, parsley, green onions and celery in the butter in a skillet until the vegetables are tender.  Stir in the crab meat, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in the bread crumbs.  Add the half-and-half gradually, stirring until mixed.

    Stuff the game hens with the crab meat mixture.  Place in a baking pan.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes or until the game hens are cooked through, basting frequently with pan drippings.

    Note: Variation - Substitute imitation crab meat for fresh crab meat.

    Serves: 4

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