Thursday, October 1, 2009

:: Thursday's Recipe Rodeo ::

It's time for a new recipe! This is the place to get some new recipes or maybe even a twist on an old one. Feel free to take any recipe here and use it as you please. If you want to join in on the Recipe Rodeo, let me know! I would love to try some of your recipes too! ** New printable feature below **

Today's Roundup: Going Gourmet...in a fast and easy way!

Sometime last year, Markus got the hankerin' to try something new on the barbecue - Cornish game hens (a young chicken). Did you know that Cornish game hens are very inexpensive and so easy to prepare? They are! After looking at some recipes and playing around with some spice combinations, Markus has come up with a keeper. He is able to whip this meal up rather quickly. Prep time is about 15 minutes. Grilling is about 50 minutes.

Markus' Game Hens

* 2-4 Cornish game hens (1 1/2- 2 lbs. each)
* 1 Orange, cut into 4 wedges (could use lemon)
Paste:
* 4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
* 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
* 1 Tbsp. orange zest (could use lemon)
* 2 teaspoons kosher salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tsp. fresh)
* 1 teaspoon dried sage
* 1 teaspoon dried marjoram (optional)
* 1/2 - 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a small bowl, mix paste ingredients together. Rinse game hens inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Fold wings behind the back of each hen. Spread the paste over the entire surface of the hens. Squeeze the juice of one orange wedge into the cavity of each hen. Stuff each orange wedge inside the cavity. (You may also substitute with lemons, add garlic and rosemary sprigs). It is optional to truss (tie) each hen with kitchen twine, but not necessary. Grill chicken over indirect high heat on the BBQ. Cook the hens with the lid closed as much as possible, until the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink at the bone, 50 to 60 minutes.*For even browning and cooking, rotate the hens and swap their positions 2 or 3 times during cooking. When fully cooked, remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy!If you want to join in on your own blog, simply link back to this blog and mention that you are partaking in Thursday's Recipe Rodeo, let me know in the comments you are joining so we can visit your blog, or if you don't have a blog and want to share a recipe with us - leave it in the comments!Click here for a printable version of Markus' Cornish Game Hens.

1 comment:

G. said...

NO WAY! You made a printable version... you are the best!