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Grilled Cornish Game Hens

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:52pm

( Taste of Home July 2002 )

I'm always looking for something different to do on the grill. We do a lot of outdoor cooking here. I came across this recipe and we tried it tonight. I wish you could have smelled it cooking; I think we were the envy of the neighborhood.

1/4c. butter or margarine, softened
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 T. minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 t. ground ginger or 2 T. grated fresh gingerroot
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 t. salt, divided
1/2 t. pepper, divided
4 Cornish game hens (20 0z. each)

Coat grill rack with non stick cooking spray well before starting the grill. In a small bowl, combine the butter, onions, parsley, ginger, garlic, 1/2 t salt, and 1/4 t. pepper. Rub mixture under the skin and over the top of each game hen. Sprinkle remaining salt and pepper inside the hen cavities.
Grill hens, uncovered, breast side up over medium heat for 25 minutes. Turn breast side down. Cover and grill 25-35 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees. and the meat juices run clear. Yield: 4 servings.
Suggestion: Serve with grilled vegetables.
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