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Rock Cornish Game Hens in Raspberry Vinegar Marinade

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.

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