Recipe: Poached Ruffed Grouse with Apricot Sauce

by
posted on March 14, 2020
poached-ruffed-grouse-with-apricot-sauce_lead.jpg

Ruffed grouse are a highly coveted gamebird throughout North America. Besides having a large distribution, the upland birds offer succulent white meat with a unique aroma and flavor. Ruffies, or bush partridge, as they are often called, like forest habitat and are often found on edges where they forage for berries.

Cooking grouse with apricots and fragrant spices is reminiscent of the tart and often tangy berries that grow in the wild, which naturally make a great accompaniment for the forest grouse.

Hunting camps are commonly where recipes are created, and although fresh ingredients are always preferred when cooking, a can of apricots in bird camp was the base and inspiration for this dish. Poaching the birds in a fruit sauce ensures the white flesh stays moist and tender, and helps to celebrate the natural flavors of the grouse.

Ingredients
• 4 to 6 grouse breasts, boneless
• 1 14 oz. can apricots, drained and stones removed
• 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
• 1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 garlic clove, peeled
• 3 tablespoon white wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoon butter

Directions
1. Place the apricots, coriander and fennel seeds, salt and pepper, garlic, white wine vinegar, and olive oil in a food processor and blend until they form a smooth puree.
2. In a Camp Chef cast-iron frying pan, melt the butter on medium-high heat and brown the grouse, cooking on each side for approximately 2 minutes. It is important not to overcook the meat in this step, just brown it.
3. Pour the apricot puree over the browned grouse, cover the pan with a lid, and gently simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.
4. Serve the grouse on a bed of rice and top with extra sauce from the pan.

For more delicious wild-game recipes, click here.

Latest

Gamechanger MAIN
Gamechanger MAIN

#SundayGunday: Sierra Bullets GameChanger Ammunition

Get a closer look at Sierra Bullets GameChanger Ammunition, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

First Look: Browning Huntsman Chair

Browning Camping & Hunting Blinds developed the all-terrain Huntsman Chair to deliver the comfort necessary for a long sit.

Alps OutdoorZ Introduces Floating Gun Case

Ideal for float-trip hunters, duck hunters, or anyone who transports their firearms on or around water, the Floating Gun Case calls on high-density floatation foam to prevent firearms from submerging if dropped in deep water.

Antler King’s Fall/Winter/Spring Food Plot Blend Offers All-Season Forage

Fall/Winter/Spring Food Plot Blend from Antler King provides a food source throughout hunting season and beyond, with the protein and energy deer need to stay healthy and grow trophy racks.

Primary Arms Optics Releases SLx 1-10x28mm SFP Rifle Scope

Primary Arms Optics has released its first 1X-10X scope, the SLx 1-10x28mm SFP Rifle Scope, which comes with a choice of two ACSS reticles.

Best Bullets for Black Bear

Hunting black bear in the near future? Before you select your bullet, read on for some in-depth research by contributor Aaron Carter.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.