Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Years Dinner

Happy New Year everyone! I had a very quiet new years, my grandmother has been a bit sick, so I volunteered to stay home with her while the family went out and partied. Doctor's orders were that my grandmother can not eat butter or salt and only lean cuts of meat, so making a tasty dinner was a little bit of a challenge, but I like a challange! I went with Game Hens with Lime, Garlic and Oregano.

The Marinade (see recipe below for ingredients):
The Spices

The Process

The Outcome

The Plate:
The Final Plate

I also made steamed corn with paprika and some garlic mashed potatoes.

Game Hens with Lime, Garlic and Oregano
4 limes, 3 juiced and 1 halved
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 Rock Cornish hens, washed and patted dry
1 bunch oregano
1 onion, peeled and cut into chunks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl, mix the juice of the 3 limes, garlic, dried oregano
and olive oil. Rub all over the hens and set in the refrigerator 1 to
2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Remove the hens from the refrigerator. Stuff the cavity of each with
half of the fresh oregano, a lime half and half of the onion chunks.
Tie the legs together with string and sprinkle all over with salt and
pepper. Place on a rack in a roasting pan and roast breast side up, 20
minutes. Turn breast side down and roast another 20 minutes. Then turn
over again and roast 20 minutes longer (1 hour total). Serve hot.

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