Roast Grouse, Beetroot & Pearl Barley Risotto Recipe

Make the most of the delicious bounty available during game season with this autumnal grouse dish that’s deceptively simple and rich in natural flavours. A favourite of our Head Chef, here he shares his recipe –

Grouse, Beetroot & Pearl Barley Risotto Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 grouse
100g spelt
2 medium size beetroots (cooked and diced into 1cm cubes)
2 shallots (finely diced)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
100g cavelo nero mushrooms (stalks removed)
Small glass white wine
50g grated Parmesan
150g butter
50ml white wine vinegar
10 blackberries
50g sugar
1 star anise
2 cloves
50g young watercress
50g chanterelles (cleaned)
600 ml chicken stock
splash of red wine
2 bay leaves
Olive oil

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200c. 
  2. Heat up a saucepan and add a splash of oil, lightly fry off the shallots and garlic until translucent, add spelt then cover with chicken stock. Cook until tender (approx 40 minutes), then pour out onto a tray and leave to cool.
  3. To make the pickling liquor place the sugar and vinegar in a pan add 50g of water, the star anise & cloves. Bring to the boil then leave to cool.
  4. Cut the blackberries in half and add to the liquor, coating thoroughly.
  5. Place a frying pan on the stove and add a splash of oil, heat until hot then add the grouse and seal until golden. Then place in the oven for 14 minutes.
  6. Once cooked take the grouse out of the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  7. While the grouse are resting place the now cooled spelt into a pan with 100ml of chicken stock and place on the stove to heat.
  8. Remove the grouse from the pan and add the red wine, heat and reduce down on the stove, add a little of the chicken stock.
  9. Add the beetroot to the spelt, along with the Parmesan and butter and stir until emulsified, add the cavelo nero, season to taste.
  10. Remove the grouse from the bone and add the bones to the pan of chicken stock, reduce until thick.
  11. Place a pan on the stove and add a nob of butter, once the butter foams add the chanterelles mushrooms and lightly cook for approx 2-3 mins.
  12. Place the risotto on plates and arrange the grouse breasts neatly, scatter the pickled blackberries around and then the mushrooms. Drizzle with the reduced stock and arrange the watercress over the top before finishing with a drizzle of olive oil.  

Serve and enjoy.