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    Pine Scented Grouse.


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    Pine Scented Grouse.

    Post  Admin on Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:41 pm

    2 Servings

    Prep: 2 hrs 0 min


    •2 grouse
    • Douglas Fir Pine
    •50 ml olive oil
    •2 juniper berries crushed
    •1 knob butter
    •150 grams spelt
    • vegetable oil for deep frying
    •1 turnip peeled
    •100 ml white wine vinegar
    •100 ml white wine
    •50 ml water
    •50 grams sugar
    •1 tsp salt
    •1 handful sprigs thyme
    •50 ml vegetable oil sauce
    •50 grams clarified butter sauce
    •8 sliced shallots sauce
    • sprigs fresh thyme sauce
    •8 crushed black peppercorns sauce
    •5 juniper berries sauce
    • bay leaves sauce
    •100 ml Scotch whiskypreferably Auchentoshan '3 wood' whisky sauce
    •2 litres brown chicken stock sauce
    •1 handful douglas fir sauce
    •50 ml vegetable oil Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    •1 finely diced carrot Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    •1 finely diced swede Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    •150 grams haggis Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    •50 grams mashed potato Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    •1/2 tsp finely chopped parsley Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    • plain flour Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    •1 beaten egg Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    • pinhead oatmeal Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    • vegetable oil for deep frying Haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties croquette
    •2 peeled and finely diced swedes Swede purée
    •250 grams Butter Swede purée
    •1/2 tsp ground mace Swede purée
    •1/4 tsp ground gloves Swede purée
    •1 handful cobnuts To serve
    •1 bunch rainbow chard To serve
    •1 knob butter To serve


    1.1. Add the spelt to a large pan, cover with water and boil for 45 minutes or until tender and soft (almost to the point of overcooking). To dry out the spelt, preheat the oven to 60°C and dry the spelt on a baking sheet for 5-6 hours

    2.2. Thinly slice the turnip with a mandolin, sprinkle with a little salt and rest for half an hour before rinsing off any excess salt. Place the wine, vinegar, water, sugar and thyme in a pan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat and use to cover the turnip, leaving it to pickle for at least 3 hours

    3.3. Joint the grouse (or ask a butcher to do this first), removing the wings and legs to leave you with these and the two crowns

    4.4. Heat a water bath to 64°C and put the crowns in separate sous vide bags. Add 25ml oil, one of the juniper berries and some Douglas fir. Seal and cook for 15 minutes

    5.5. Remove from the sous vide and remove the breasts from the bones, reserving the bones for the sauce

    6.6. To make the sauce, brown the grouse legs in some oil in a pan then set aside while repeating for the grouse bones. Add the butter to the bones and continue to cook until golden and thoroughly caramelised

    7.7. Reserve the bones and place the shallots, thyme, peppercorns, juniper and bay in the pan to colour. Use the whisky to deglaze the pan before adding the stock. Place the bones back in the pan and bring up to simmer. Place the legs in the stock and braise for an hour or so, until tender

    8.8. Leave to cool, then remove the legs from the liquor and shred the meat off the bones for the croquettes. Sieve the sauce to remove the herbs and spices, then return to the heat and allow to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste

    9.9. Take 100ml of the sauce and allow to reduce a lot further until you have 25ml for the croquettes. Add some more Douglas pine sprigs to the remaining sauce so that it infuses before serving

    10.10. Place the carrot, swede and 50ml vegetable oil in a pan for the croquettes. Cook down for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, colour the haggis in another pan with a little more oil

    11.11. Mix together the haggis, carrot, swede and other ingredients (except flour, egg and oats) in a bowl with the reduced 25ml of sauce and the leg meat (about 50g worth). Add salt and pepper to taste

    12.12. Once cool, roll small balls of the mix (about 35g each). Chill in the fridge until firm and ready to cook

    13.13. Add the butter and swede to a pan for the purée and allow to cook down until soft, then blitz in a blender with the mace and cloves until smooth (this can also be passed through a sieve for an extra smooth texture, or the swede could be part replaced with carrot for a brighter colour)

    14.14. When ready to serve, heat a knob of butter in a frying pan until it foams. Place the grouse breasts in skin-side down with some Douglas fir and allow to roast for 5 minutes, basting all the time with the butter. Remove once the skin is golden and rest prior to carving

    15.15. Heat a deep-fryer to 190°C and fry the spelt until puffed up. Drain any excess oil on kitchen paper

    16.16. Take the chilled and firm croquettes and pane in flour, egg and oats before deep-frying. When gold and crisp, remove and blot of excess oil on paper. Season with salt and pepper to taste

    17.17. Gently toast the shelled cobnuts, and sweat down the rainbow chard in a little butter and seasoning

    18.18. To plate, swipe some purée on each plate, before topping with long slices of the grouse breast, some spelt and cobnuts, and a haggis croquette. Add a few leaves of the chard and some slices of the pickled turnips

    19.19. Serve the sauce on the side and perhaps a dram of whisky

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