Game Hens on a Spit

4 Rock Cornish hens (about 1 pound each)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 can (8 3/4 ounces) pitted dark sweet cherries, drained (reserve syrup)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup orange marmalade
3 tablespoons brandy or mandarin orange syrup
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin orange segments, drained (reserve 3 tablespoons syrup, if desired)

Wash hens and pat dry. Rub cavity of each with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Fasten neck skin to back with skewer. Flatten wings over breast; tie with string. Tie drumsticks to tail. Insert spit rod through center of birds from side to side; secure each with holding forks. Check balance by rotating spit in palms of hands. Brush hens with butter; sprinkle with paprika.

Arrange medium-hot coals at back of firebox; place foil drip pan under spit area. Cook hens on rotisserie 1 to 1 1/2 hours. brushing frequently with butter.

Blend reserved cherry syrup, the cornstarch and salt; stir in the orange marmalade. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in brandy, cherries and orange segments; heat through. Spoon fruited sauce over hens; serve any additional sauce separately. 4 servings.

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