Grilled Chicken With Dried Cherry Stuffing


3/4 cup uncooked rice
1 1/4 cup water
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup tart dried cherries
3 med onions, finely chopped
1 lg garlic clove, minced
5 tbsp butter
1/4 cup chopped parsley
freshly ground black pepper
6-7 lb roasting hen
chopped parsley and dill for garnish

How to prepare

Cook the rice with the water and salt until tender but firm, about 12 mins. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, soak the dried cherries in warm water to cover until soft. Drain and chop coarsely.
Saute the onions and garlic in 4 tbsp of the butter until golden. Stir in the cooked rice, cherries, and the parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stuff the chicken with this mixture and sew it up. Rub the chicken all over with the remaining tbsp of butter, and place on a spit over a wood fire. The skin will crisp in no time; the chicken is done when the leg joint can be easily moved. Alternately, the chicken may be roasted in a 350 F oven for 2 hours. serves 4 To serve, cool slightly, then cut into qters. Garnish with herbs.

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