Recipe – Warm Grouse, Plum, Blue Cheese and Walnut salad

This is a delicious dish put together by Phillipa Davis, who is a renowned cookery writer and International chef.

Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS:

1 aubergine
1 crushed garlic clove
1 tsp chopped thyme
2 tsp honey
2 small cooked and peeled beetroots, cut in quarters
2 plums, cut in half and stone removed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp balsamic
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp dry white wine
50g blue cheese
3 tbsp roughly chopped walnuts
Juice from half a lemon
2 tbsp good extra virgin olive oil
4 seasoned grouse breasts
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp each of roughly chopped basil, mint and parsley
A handful of salad leaves

METHOD 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Slice the aubergine lengthways, deeply score the flesh and lay in a baking tray. Mix the garlic, thyme and honey together and smear over the aubergines. Then add the beetroots to the same tray. Toss the plums with the cinnamon and balsamic and add to the tray. Drizzle the olive oil over everything (but mostly the aubergines) and season.
  3. Pour the wine into the bottom of the tray, cover tightly with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and roast for a further 20 to 30 minutes (the aubergines should be soft).
  4. Crumble the blue cheese and walnuts over the aubergines and bake for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Squeeze the lemon juice into the tray juices and add the 2 tbsp of good olive oil (this is now the dressing).
  6. Fry the grouse breasts in a pan in the 1 tbsp olive oil for a couple of minutes each side. Rest then slice.
  7. To serve, arrange the cooked vegetables, plums, herbs and leaves onto a plate then pour over the dressing from the tray and top with the sliced grouse.

Enjoy with: The ’45’ Merlot Chateau Les Millaux: £10.95 per bottle