How to be Prepared & Marinated Cornish Game Hens
Today I’m talking about being prepared for entertaining, plus I’m sharing a Marinated Cornish Game Hens recipe!
Being prepared for entertaining is really what makes a get-together successful. When I’m not prepared, I’m scattered, frustrated, and grumpy. Who wants to be around a grumpy hostess? (My family for sure does not).
Know what to cook.
Part of being prepared is not only knowing what you are going to cook, but making sure that it’s easy and dinner-party worthy.
So I’m sharing a delicious recipe that our friend Jenny has made for us for many years for her dinner parties. I can see why now … 24 hours ahead of time you marinate the Cornish Game Hens (very easy), and then pop in the oven 1 hour before you’re ready to serve. You do baste them every 15 minutes, but that’s easy. Give one of your kids the job! :)
Perfect for Christmas Day!
I made these hens on Christmas Day and our entire family loved them. The flavor is … well, you decide. Fantastic!
All I know is that I was asked over and over to make them again.
Here’s my list of tips that help me get prepared and stay on track for a dinner party.
-Choose a main dish that you can prepare ahead of time, that takes very little of your time the day of the dinner.
-Get your shopping done 1-2 days ahead of time.
-Make a list and cross things off as you complete them.
-Make a list of what items need to go in the oven, with a time frame.
-Tell yourself you are not going to run to the store. Use what you have; fight the “perfectionism” inside of you.
-Know what your guests are bringing. KNOW YOUR MENU. Write it out and place it on the refrigerator so you can keep checking it.
-Have any condiments, butter, or extra food items you’ll need, in dishes, ready to put on the table.
-Get prep work done ahead of time.
-Count backwards and plan out your time for what needs to be done at certain times.
-Know in advance what you want to wear.
-Use my 10-minute Countdown Method.
Enjoy the Marinated Cornish Game Hens!
They are delish!
Have you ever cooked Cornish Game Hens?
If you’ve never split a cornish game hen, here is a video that may help you. It’s really easy!
Marinated Cornish Game Hens
Prep Time: 6 hours
Cook Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Total Time: 7 hours
Delicious recipe good enough for company! Be sure to double the sauce ingredients for every 2 hens you cook.
- 2 game hens split in half
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 3 garlic cloves sliced
- 2 TBS toasted sesame seeds
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 TBS brown sugar
- 3 TBS lime juice
Lay hens skin side down in glass dish. Prick each several times with a fork. In blender or food processor, blend all above ingredients until smooth, about 1 minute.
Place hens in a ziplock bag (you can double bag), pour marinade over, seal bag and refrigerate 6-24 hrs, turning occasionally.
Transfer hens to a 9x13 baking dish, single layer, skin side up. Reserve marinade.
Roast at 400 for 1 hour. Baste with marinade every 15 minutes.
Serve right away!