Winter salads are just as delicious as summer salads. I love slaws, and for that matter any way of incorporating apples, oranges and roots into a salad. What really can make a great salad is incorporating a little excellent quality meat. They are a great way of filling up on delicious, seasonal produce, without resorting to the old carbs, which I love, but don’t make for a productive afternoon’s work chez moi.
I fancied trying something different for a quick lunch and came up with this winter salad using wild grouse breast, sour cherries, walnuts and russet apples. It was one of those days where it is a case of pulling random ingredients out of the larder. Wild grouse is a fantastic ingredient to have to hand. It is sealed in individual pouches, which have a long shelf life and is in fact ready to eat, meaning you could easily make a very nice carpaccio with it. It has a very intense flavour, which means a little goes a long way. This isn’t a recipe – is really intended to be a template for a winter salad, which you could easily serve as a starter, on its own, or on a bed of say, lamb’s lettuce. Please do play with this – I’m sure you will come up with an even better combination.
I’d like to enter this into Simple and in Season on Fabulicious food written by the wonderful Ren Behan.
Wild Grouse Salad with sour cherries, walnuts and russet apples
- One wild grouse breast (they are ready to eat)
- One tablespoon redcurrant jelly (I get a lovely one from Quayles in Tetbury (Gloucestershire) which is made locally)
- A few walnut pieces
- A few sour cherries
- A russet apple
1) I simply places the redcurrant jelly into a non-stick frying pan and warmed until it became a smooth liquid
2) I sliced the grouse breast and placed it into the pan with the redcurrant jelly and tossed in the cherries and walnuts
3) I let this warm through for a couple of minutes, whilst I cut the russet apple into slices
4) Simply arrange the apple and lettuce (if using) onto a place and top with the grouse from the pan.
5) Serve warm
Thank you to Great Glen Game for the wild grouse breast
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