Grilled Cornish Game Hens Recipe with Spiced Cherry Marinade

The flavors of spicy, pungent Indian long peppers complement sweet cherries and gamey hens to make for a delicious and special holiday dinner.

| February 2013

Grilled Cornish game hen

This Grilled Cornish Game Hens Recipe With Spiced Cherry Marinade is a special dinner fit for a holiday celebration.

Photo By Jeremy Ball

Award-winning chef Bradley Ogden presents his first cookbook in over a decade. Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden (Running Press, 2011) includes 150 cherished recipes for a range of winter holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s — in one delicious guide for making the most memorable meals for the most special occasions. In this excerpt, find a guide for a very special holiday meal, a Cornish game hen recipe.   

You can buy this book in the GRIT store: Holiday Dinners With Bradley Ogden.

Grilled Cornish Game Hens Recipe With Spiced Cherry Marinade

Indian long peppers, also known as Pippali long peppers, can be found at most Asian, Indian, or Middle Eastern grocers. Their spicy and pungent flavor complements the sweet cherries and the gaminess of the hens.

Makes 4 servings 

1 1/2 cups organic black cherry juice
1/2 cup dried organic cherries
1 teaspoon coriander seed
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 Indian long peppers or 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 lemons, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4  cup olive oil
4 (1-pound) Cornish game hens, butterflied (see note) 

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, simmer the juice and cherries until reduced by half. Purée until smooth and set aside.

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