Rock Cornish Game Hens in Raspberry Vinegar Marinade
Rock Cornish game hens are all white meat birds. Though they are raised on farms, they have a slightly gamey taste that combines well with the fruit marinade.
2 Rock Cornish game hens, split lengthwise
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup olive oil
2 shallots, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup raspberry vinegar
juice of 1/4 lemon
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Rinse the birds and pat dry with paper towels. Split the hens lengthwise, cutting all the way through with a heavy sharp knife.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, whisking to emulsify. Place the hens in two resealable bags and divide the marinade evenly between them. Marinate the poultry up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
Preheat the grill on HIGH. Reduce to MEDIUM and lightly oil the cooking grids. Place the hens skin side down, and sear 1 - 2 minutes, turn, and sear the other side. Close the lid, reduce heat to LOW and cook 25 minutes, turning and basting twice during grilling.