Cornish Game Hens In Raspberry Vinegar Marinade

  • 2 Rock Cornish game hens, split lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup raspberry vinegar
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Rinse the birds and pat dry with paper towels. Split the hens lengthwise, cutting all the way through with a heavy sharp knife.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, whisking to emulsify. Place the hens in two resealable bags and divide the marinade evenly between them. Marinate the poultry up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat the grill on HIGH. Reduce to MEDIUM and lightly oil the cooking grids. Place the hens skin side down, and sear 1 - 2 minutes, turn, and sear the other side. Close the lid, reduce heat to LOW and cook 25 minutes, turning and basting twice during grilling.