Grouse with Koffman Cabbage and Bread Sauce

Oliver Marlowe

Oliver Marlowe

12th August 2021
Oliver Marlowe

Grouse with Koffman Cabbage and Bread Sauce

75 min

On the menu at The Hunter's Moon, South Kensington



  • 4 whole grouse legs 100g foie gras (sliced)

Koffmann Cabbage

  • 1 savoy cabbage 200g smoked bacon lardons 300ml white wine 2 tbsp chopped garlic 100g butter 4 shallots sliced 1 litre chicken stock

Bread sauce

  • 1 litre milk 100g butter 2 bay leaves Sprig of thyme 10 black peppercorns Half an onion (sliced) 3 cloves 200g panko breadcrumbs

Grouse leg pastilla

  • 2 grouse legs 500ml game stock Mirepoix (chopped carrot, celery and onion) Feuille de brick pastry Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar 100ml port
  • Armagnac
  • Red wine sauce


Leg pastilla

For the leg pastilla, take off the grouse legs and colour then in some oil in a saucepan, deglaze with the port and add your mirepoix vegetables and stir. Braise for approximately 90 minutes or until the grouse is falling off the bone.
Leave to cool down in the liquid. When cool remove the meat from the bone. Mix with a little of the red wine sauce to bind it and some cabernet sauvignon vinegar and chopped parsley to taste.
Wrap the mix in the feuille de brick pastry and deep fry for 2 minutes when serving.

Koffmann Cabbage

sweat the shallots and garlic in the butter until softened then add the lardons and cook until they have coloured. Add the cabbage and the white wine and reduce the wine to nothing.
Add the stock and simmer for 30 minutes until the stock has reduced by half.

Bread puree

make a milk infusion by simmering all the ingredients apart from the butter and breadcrumbs. Leave to sit for 30 minutes off the heat to intensify the flavour then strain through a sieve.
Add the butter and place back on the heat. Whisk in the breadcrumbs and season. The mix will instantly thicken. Transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth.


When it comes to the grouse you will need to set your oven to 200 celcius. Season with salt and pepper and brown the grouse crown and place in the oven for 8 minutes for pink. Make sure the bird rests for at least 8 minutes before carving.
Sauté the foie gras in a dry pan and place in the oven for 3 minutes until soft to the touch but be careful to not forget it as it will disappear!

To serve, place the grouse on top of the cabbage with a large dollop of the bread puree. Plate the leg pastilla and the foie gras and drizzle on the Armagnac sauce.

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