- 2x grouse breasts
- 1x garlic clove
- 30g unsalted butter
- 1x sprig of thyme
- For the Albert sauce - 2x shallots
- 25g unsalted butter
- 50ml white wine
- 125ml double cream
- 2tbsp horseradish cream
- 5g English mustard
- 1x lemon
- 10g breadcrumbs
- Nutmeg, grated
- For the carrots - 2x purple carrots
- 4x orange carrots
- 2x star anise
- 200g unsalted butter
- 1x cinnamon stick
- Trim any excess skin from the grouse and seal in a hot frying pan skin side down, turning once the skin is crisp.
- Add 30g of the butter, a garlic clove and a sprig of thyme to an ovenproof dish with the grouse, then cook the grouse at 180 degrees for around 7 minutes. Take out and leave to rest.
- Finely dice the shallots and cook gently in 25g of the unsalted butter until soft. Add the white wine and reduce until almost gone, then add the double cream, horseradish cream and mustard. Cook until the sauce thickens.
- Stir the breadcrumbs, lemon juice and a touch of nutmeg into the sauce to finish.
- To prepare the puree, peel and roughly chop the orange carrots into a pan with 300ml of water then gently simmer until soft. Drain the water, add a small amount of double cream and blitz in a food blender until pureed.
- Spit the purple carrots in half lengthways and fry in a lightly oiled pan until golden brown.
Just the two of you this Sunday? Rather than juggling pots and pans over a complicated roast, serve something delicious yet simple.
As part of Great British Game Week (19–25 November) Eat Wild is challenging the nation to think differently about game – and it’s starting in the kitchen.
Today is the last of our seven recipes, courtesy of Eat Wild, and this pan-fried grouse looks really impressive and is surprisingly easy to make. Smother it in that creamy Albert sauce and pair with a full-flavoured red wine.
Served with pretty purple carrots, a simple puree and creamy Albert sauce, this lightly herby, pan-fried grouse looks like something straight from a restaurant kitchen. You’ll need to set a bit of time aside, but it’s easy to cook – try it on a Saturday night.
To buy assured British game online and start cooking, visit eatwild.co.