Game Hens With Cardamom and Oregano

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Total Time
35mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
25 mins

From the book "Artichoke to Za'atar". Posted for ZWT6. Time does not include 4 - 8 hours marinating time.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Pound the cardamom pods to loosen the husks. Use a mortar and pestle to pound the seeds, releasing their flavor. Add the garlic, salt, and oregano; and continue to pound until the ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and continue to crush until you have a smooth paste.
  3. Rub 3/4 of the paste over the hens, making sure you cover all of their surfaces.
  4. Mix the remaining paste with the remaining olive oil, and pour over the birds, reserving a little bit to baste with while grilling.
  5. Cover and marinate for at least four and up to eight hours, turning occasionally.
  6. Preheat a grill to high.
  7. Season the birds with plenty of pepper, then place on the grill and sear being careful of flare-ups, until the skin is golden.
  8. Move the birds to indirect heat, and grill until completely cooked, basting with the reserved marinate during the last few minutes of cooking.