Monday, January 11, 2010

Grilled Cornish Hens with brown sugar, orange,cloves and other good stuff

We love Cornish hens and are always cooking some. We did this for our Thanksgiving dinner it is just to cold to grill out now. Of course my wife is loving it she still thinks its hot at night and we have the heat turned down. I'm freezing and have my side of the electric blanket cranked up and she has her fan on and it was 15 degrees last night!!!!! Oh well back to cooking. Again from Zaar.

1 piece fresh ginger grated about 1 inch.
4 green onions minced
4 garlic cloves minced
1 orange-zest and
juice of 1/2 orange
2 limes zest and juice
1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3/4 ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 Tablespoons canola oil
Basting instructions:
In a large plastic bag mix ginger,onions,garlic,orange zest and juice, lime zest and juice,sugar,soy sauce,salt and pepper, cinnamon and cloves and oil. place hens in bag (cut hens in half). place in frig and turn every now and then . Can to this at least 2 hours to 24. (we reserved about 1/4 cup to use later after hens were cooked.)

Fire up the grill and cook covered over low to medium heat until golden brown. Turn as needed to prevent burning basting with marinade. Once golden brown place away from direct heat and finish cooking with indirect heat until no longer pink at the bone. About 40 to 45 minutes. Basting every 10 minutes(this is a little time consuming but it taste good) minutes before you take off the grill stop using the marinade and discard. This is were having a little in reserve comes in handy. Along with this we had wild rice, sweet potatoes dressing and cabbage.


Deanna said...

We don't have an electric blanket because I promise sleeping with my husband is like sleeping with a human electric blanket. I have never known anyone to radiate heat like he does.

I have never made cornish hens, but I may have to try!

Wills Kitchen said...

The little hens are great and they are easy to cook.I think they have a little more flavor than chicken.