Buttermilk Thyme Cornish Game Hens

2 ~1 3/4 lb Cornish Game Hens
1/2 white onion, sliced
6-8 sprigs fresh thyme
2 cups buttermilk
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper


Place the Cornish Game Hens, onion, 6-8 sprigs fresh thyme, salt, pepper and buttermilk in a resealable bag or marinating container. Marinate overnight. Preheat oven to 350. Drain the hens and discard the marinade. Place on a roasting pan with a rack. Bake for 45 minutes or until fully cooked.

My thoughts:

This year I fulfilled my life-long dream of having a milkman. Not only does he bring me milk (and chocolate milk) but local beef, pork, sauerkraut, hummus, cream cheese, and yogurt. I just leave my milk box outside and then next morning it is filled. We tried a quart of their buttermilk two weeks ago and it was so good, I ordered a half gallon of it last week. That is a lot of buttermilk to use up! I decided to expand my buttermilk usage beyond baking and these Cornish Game Hens were my first attempt. Since we are a family of two, I just made enough for two (but you could double this recipe and make enough for 4) which was perfect for us.
(I served it with blue grits made with more buttermilk, you can sort of see them in the picture and green beans)

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  1. Did you salt and pepper the Cornish hens before marinating them?

  2. No, it is in the marinade.