Cornish hens on bed of wild rice in the microwave
1 box of wild rice (regular rice can be substituted, if so use 1/2 pack of dry onion soup mix for seasoning pack.)
2 1/4 cups of water
2 stalks of celery, sliced thin
1 7 oz. can of mushroom stems and pieces
2 Cornish hens
1 tablespoon of butter for rice
1/2 cup of butter for basting sauce
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 tablespoon of poultry seasoning
salt and pepper to taste.
In 2 quart microsafe dish, add water, wild rice, seasoning pack from wild rice, celery, and butter. (1/2 pack of dry onion soup mix maybe substituted for seasoning pack with regular rice.) Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir and continue for another 2 minutes. Stir. Set time for 10 minutes at 1/2 power. Continue to cook rice.
In the meantime, wash and half cornish hens.
Remove rice from microwave, which will be partially done. Stir rice. In a microwave safe cup, melt 1/2 cup of butter. Add paprika, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir.
Lay Cornish hens in on top of rice. Orient so that wing tips and leg tips are to the center of dish. Baste hens with butter sauce. Stir rice also at each removal. Return to microwave. Cook at full power for 10 minutes and remove every 3-4 minutes to baste hens again. On second removal, add mushrooms. Continue till hens are done. They should be done about the same time as the liquid is gone from the rice.
All times in the microwave are subjective to the microwave you have and what wattage it is. Times may have to be played with for your particular microwave. This is a great recipe for when you just don't want to heat the kitchen in the summer.