On the Third Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me.....

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-12-16 08:17:07 -0600
Started 2011-12-15 13:41:33 -0600

…three French Hens.

Boy did these guys know how to party!
The French hens were most likely what we call chicken. Our chicken is very different from those in Europe as ours are enormous and flavorless comparatively. The French hens would most likely be much smaller and that is why I chose a recipe for wild game hens or you could use Cornish Hens.


Grilled Game Hens with Raspberry Marinade

6 Rock Cornish Hens (about 3/4 to 1 lb. ea.)split in half
3 c Fresh or frozen raspberries
1 c Raspberry vinegar
3/4 c Olive oil
2 Bay leaves
1 tb Dried thyme
Salt & pepper to taste

One day before serving, rinse the birds and pat dry. Place the birds on a shallow baking dish. Combine the raspberries and vinegar in a saucepan. Heat to boiling and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in the oil, bay leaves and thyme. Cool to room temperature. Pour the marinade over the birds and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator, turning occasionally.
Prepare hot coals for grilling. Remove the birds from the marinade and grill a few inches above the hot coals, basting occasionally with the marinade, until juices run clear when the thickest part of a thigh is pierced. Serve immediately.

Light up the barbie! This sounds like a great recipe. How do you plan to prepare your proteins for the holidays?

8 replies

Young1s 2011-12-15 14:42:22 -0600 Report

Sounds delicious. We don't grill too often though. Would this work in the oven or broiler? To answer your question, for the holidays I always make deviled eggs with brunch and prepare my bird with a honey dijon glaze.

GabbyPA 2011-12-16 08:17:07 -0600 Report

I love deviled eggs, that is a great idea. I may just have to add that to my menu this year.