Originally Posted by Jing
Marcella Hazan has a great recipe for pollo alla diavola which works beautifully on cornish hens. Basically it's broiled chicken marinated in pepper, oil and lemon. You butterfly the chicken open flat, rub liberally with crushed peppercorns and marinate in oil and lemon. She likes to charbroil it on the bbq but I have good results using a combination of oven and broiler indoors.
Thanks Jing. I ended up roasting them after all. I was watching football all day and had quite a few beers. Then I remembered my wife gave me a bottle of Patron Silver for Christmas. So I had a few shots of that.
Once dinner time approached, I was just hungry and ready to be done with it.
I made a compound butter earlier in the day with garlic and cracked black pepper.
I massaged the hens in this butter, then seasoned them well. I just roasted them. They were very good.