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Spinach & Walnuts
Preheat an oven to Gas mark 7 or 220 if Electric or Aga top oven
To make the bread sauce, pour the milk into a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Press the cloves into the onion and place in the pan along with the mace, bay leaf and a pinch of salt. Take off the heat as it approaches the boil and leave to infuse for at least half an hour.
Add a good splash of oil to a heavy-based frying pan and place over a high heat. Rub the grouse with oil, fruit vinegar marinade, season, and stuff the thyme/sage inside them. Brown them on all sides in the hot pan. Transfer to a roasting tin (I like to put a little water in the bottom of a roasting tin to keep the juices for gravy) and drape two slices of bacon or pancetta over each one. Place in the oven for 10 minutes for pink. Cover with foil and rest, breast-side down, for at least 10 minutes.
Place the milk pan back on a low heat and lift the onion out.Drop in the bread, adding a grind or two of pepper and cooking slowly for five minutes while the grouse is resting. Just before serving, stir in the butter until it has melted and add more salt & pepper to taste.
Gravy – A quick reduction with pan juices and some of my Game stock (made in advance) another splash of Womersley fruit vinegar.
Roast the Walnut bashings in a dry cast iron pan then add some butter and wilt the spinach in witha splash of water/white cooking wine
Serve with a large glass of Joseph Drouhin Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2012 and enjoy!