Spice-Roasted Cornish Hens w/ Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

Spice-Roasted Cornish Hens w/ Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
Adapted from Bon Appetit, June 2009; serves 4

2 Cornish hens, split lengthwise
2 t cumin
2 t coriander
1 t salt
3/4 t black pepper, fresh ground
olive oil
4 oz cucumber, peeled, cubed
1/3 cup plain lo-fat yogurt
8 fresh cilantro sprigs
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 heaping T sour cream

  1. Position rack in top third of oven; preheat to 450 F. Arrange hens, skin side up, on large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Brush hens with oil. Rub spice mixture (cumin through pepper) over both hens. Roast until cooked through, about 30-35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile (or up to a day before), combine all remaining ingredients in food processor (mini size is perfect). Blend until almost smooth, and season with salt and pepper. Serve with hens.