Roast Yorkshire grouse with creamed root vegetables, stuffed cabbage and elderberries

8
2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

Pickled elderberries

  • 100g of elderberries
  • 40g of cranberry vinegar
  • 40ml of water
  • 40g of caster sugar

Creamed root vegetables

  • 3 shallots
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 celeriac
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 100g of bacon, finely diced
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • double cream
  • grapeseed oil, for frying

Grouse sauce

  • 500g of grouse bones
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 250g of button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 5 juniper berries
  • 1/2 garlic bulb
  • 250ml of port
  • 250ml of red wine
  • 25ml of Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar
  • 500ml of veal stock, ideally True Foods
  • 500ml of brown chicken stock, ideally True Foods

Chou farci

  • 200g of chicken mince
  • 16g of egg yolk
  • 40g of double cream
  • 2g of sea salt
  • 30g of mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 30g of shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 grouse legs
  • vegetable oil, for confiting the grouse legs
  • rock salt, for curing the grouse legs
  • 20g of grouse liver, finely chopped
  • 1g of thyme
  • 1g of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg, grated
  • 1 pinch of allspice, ground
  • 1 hispi cabbage
  • 1 tbsp of butter, mixed with a little grated garlic, melted

Pontack sauce

  • 500g of elderberries
  • 500ml of cider vinegar
  • 200g of shallots, sliced
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 allspice berries
  • 1/2 tbsp of grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp of black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 250g of caster sugar

Grouse

  • 16 grouse breasts
  • 8 grouse hearts
  • 8 sprigs of rosemary, trimmed
  • 2l chicken stock
  • grapeseed oil, for frying
  • sea salt

Method

1
Begin by making the pickled elderberries. Bring the water, sugar and vinegar to the boil in a small saucepan. Place the elderberries in a clean sterilised jar or container, then pour the boiling pickling liquor over them. Cover and set aside for at least 24 hours at room temperature before using
  • 40ml of water
  • 40g of caster sugar
  • 40g of cranberry vinegar
  • 100g of elderberries
2
For the pontack sauce, preheat an oven to 120°C/gas mark ½. Place the elderberries, shallots and cider vinegar in a deep tray or ovenproof saucepan and cover with foil. Place in the oven and leave to cook overnight
  • 500g of elderberries
  • 200g of shallots, sliced
  • 500ml of cider vinegar
3
For the chou farci, generously sprinkle the grouse legs with rock salt and leave to cure for 6 hours. Bring a small saucepan full of vegetable oil to 75°C, then once the legs have cured add them to the oil and confit them for 8 hours. Once cooked allow to cool, then pick the leg meat off the bone – you will need 40g of leg meat for this recipe. This step can be done a few days in advance – just keep the meat in the fridge until needed
  • 2 grouse legs
  • rock salt, for curing the grouse legs
  • vegetable oil, for confiting the grouse legs
4
The next day, transfer the cooked elderberry mixture to a large pan and add the spices and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes, then add the sugar and cook until dissolved. Transfer to a blender and blitz for several minutes until completely smooth. Strain through a fine sieve, then transfer into squeezy bottles and store in the fridge until ready to serve
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 allspice berries
  • 1/2 tbsp of grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp of black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 250g of caster sugar
5
Finish making the chou farci by placing the chicken mince, egg yolks, double cream and salt in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix until well incorporated, then add the rest of the ingredients (except the hispi cabbage and butter) with the 40g of grouse leg meat and combine. At this point you can wrap a small spoonful of the mixture in cling film and poach it for 4 minutes to taste for seasoning. Once happy with the flavour, transfer to a piping bag
  • 200g of chicken mince
  • 16g of egg yolk
  • 40g of double cream
  • 2g of sea salt
  • 30g of mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 30g of shallots, finely chopped
  • 20g of grouse liver, finely chopped
  • 1g of thyme
  • 1g of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg, grated
  • 1 pinch of allspice, ground
6
Separate the hispi cabbage into 16 large leaves and pipe around 35g of the stuffing mixture into the centre of half of them. Place the remaining 8 leaves on top, then cut into a neat teardrop shape and brush with garlic butter. Place into vacuum bags, seal and set aside for cooking later
  • 1 hispi cabbage
  • 1 tbsp of butter, mixed with a little grated garlic, melted
7
For the creamed root vegetables, use a mandoline with a dicing attachment to cut the shallots, leeks, carrots and celeriac into a very fine dice (you can also do this with a knife). Add a splash of grapeseed oil to two separate frying pans, and sweat the shallots, leeks in garlic in one, and the bacon, carrots and celeriac in the other. The shallot mixture will finish cooking before the celeriac, so keep an eye on them and remove from the heat when ready
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 celeriac
  • grapeseed oil, for frying
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 100g of bacon, finely diced
8
Once the contents of both pans have softened and cooked through, mix them both together and season with salt and pepper. Stir in just enough double cream to bind the mixture together, then set aside in the fridge to reheat before serving
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • double cream
9
For the grouse sauce, place the grouse bones in a large saucepan with a splash of oil and cook over a high heat until golden brown. Add the button mushrooms and shallots and continue to cook until caramelised and browned. Add the garlic, herbs, peppercorns and juniper berries, cook for a few minutes until aromatic, then pour in the port, red wine and vinegar and bring to a simmer. Continue to cook until reduced to a syrupy consistency
  • 500g of grouse bones
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 250g of button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 garlic bulb
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 5 juniper berries
  • 250ml of port
  • 250ml of red wine
  • 25ml of Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar
10
Once the liquid has reduced, add both the stocks and bring to the boil. Skim off any scum that rises to the top, then simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the sauce into a clean pan, discarding the solids, then place back over a medium heat and reduce to a sauce consistency. Once you’re happy with the reduction, taste for seasoning and keep warm until ready to serve
  • 500ml of veal stock, ideally True Foods
  • 500ml of brown chicken stock, ideally True Foods
11
You now have all the elements ready to plate this dish, apart from the grouse itself. Preheat a water bath to 90°C to cook the stuffed cabbage, and ensure the grouse sauce is warm and the creamed root vegetables are ready to be reheated
12
To cook the grouse, pour the chicken stock into a large pan and bring to 65°C. Add the grouse breasts and poach for 10–12 minutes, ensuring the temperature remains around 65°C. Drain and set aside. Place the vacuum-packed cabbage parcels into the water bath and cook for 4 minutes
  • 2l chicken stock
  • 16 grouse breasts
13
Add a dash of grapeseed oil to a frying pan set over a high heat. Once hot, finish cooking the grouse by pan-roasting the breasts until coloured on all sides. At the same time, add the hearts and cook for 45 seconds, then skewer onto the rosemary sprigs. Season the breasts and the heart and get ready to plate
  • grapeseed oil, for frying
  • 8 grouse hearts
  • 8 sprigs of rosemary, trimmed
  • sea salt
14
To serve, remove the cabbage parcels from their bags and place on the base of each plate. Top with two grouse breasts. Add a spoonful of the reheated creamed vegetables alongside with the skewered heart on top, then pipe a large dot of the pontack sauce next to it. Finish with a large spoonful of the sauce and some drained pickled elderberries