Warm grouse salad

Warm Grouse Salad

Warm grouse salad with sourdough crumbs and Stilton cheese topping

Serves two as a main meal or four as a starter and works perfectly for both.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Grouse
Servings 2


  • 4 Grouse breasts
  • 100 g Cavolo nero tough stalks removed
  • 100 g Tender stem broccoli trimmed
  • 4 Pickled walnuts
  • 75 g Stilton cheese
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper

For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp Cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • Salt and pepper

For the crumb

  • 100 g Butter
  • 2 thick slices Sourdough crusts removed, blitzed to crumbs


  • Place the Stilton cheese in the freezer for a couple of hours to harden.
  • Bring a pan of salted water to a boil and blanch the cavolo nero and broccoli for 1-1½ minutes until the vegetables are just cooked.
  • Drain immediately and plunge into cold water to retain their colour and texture. 
  • Slice the pickled walnuts.
  • Whisk all the dressing ingredients together with 3tbsp of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 
  • In a frying pan, heat 2tbsp olive oil and the butter over medium heat until it starts bubbling gently.
  • Add the breadcrumbs and cook for 3-4 minutes until golden, stirring continuously.
  • Drain the breadcrumbs on a kitchen towel and keep warm. 
  • Fry the grouse breasts in a good slug of olive oil for a couple of minutes on each side and season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from the pan and allow to rest. 

To serve

  • Place the cooked vegetables and pickled walnut slices on a plate, top with some sliced grouse breast and drizzle with the dressing.
  • Scatter over the sourdough crumbs and grate the Stilton cheese over the top. Serve immediately.


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Wine pairing

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The ethereal nature of good red Burgundy brings perfection, and copes with the cheesy side too
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Keyword Grouse, salad