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Grilled Cornish Game Hens

Summer is the season for sharing meals from the grill. Friends and family will quickly gather for these butterflied Cornish game hens paired with roasted vegetables, a simple side salad and Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. The herbs and charred skin on the bird makes an intriguing food pairing with a Bordeaux-style red wine.

Ingredients

  • 6 Cornish game hens, split from the back and flattened with the side of a cleaver

  • 2 Meyer lemons, juiced

  • ¼ cup Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 bunch lemon thyme, finely minced

  • 2 Tbsp dried marjoram

  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Ingredients

  • 6 Cornish game hens, split from the back and flattened with the side of a cleaver

  • 2 Meyer lemons, juiced

  • ¼ cup Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 bunch lemon thyme, finely minced

  • 2 Tbsp dried marjoram

  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

serves 6

Marinate hens in lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper for one hour.

Bring them to room temperature and preheat your grill to medium high. Pat the hens dry. Oil the hot grill and place hens skin side down to mark for 5-7 minutes. Turn hens over, reduce heat to medium and continue to grill until juices run clear, about 25-30 minutes.

Allow hens to rest for 10 minutes, then serve with lightly dressed romaine and roasted vegetables.

Wine Pairing Suggestions

Every bottle of Jordan is crafted with food in mind. The elegant balance between fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol found in our Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon make them versatile for a variety of food & wine pairings. We’ve selected a few vintages that we believe will complement or contrast flavors in this recipe perfectly.