Serves: 10

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation time: 10 mins 

Cooking Time: 30 mins

Thank you to Great Glen Charcuterie for providing this fantastic grouse starter.


  • Small loaf of sourdough bread
  • Soft goat cheese or curd
  • Smoked grouse breasts thinly sliced
  • Rocket leaves 50g hazelnuts
  • Handful of brambles
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • Rapeseed or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


Slice the bread in even slices and grill on both sides for a nice crust.

Toast the hazelnuts briefly and crush into small pieces.

Bring the brambles slowly to the boil with the orange juice until soft.

Push the mixture through a sieve with the back of a spoon.

Mix the cooled bramble juice with the a few tablespoons of oil and season with a little salt and pepper to make the bramble sauce.

Take a crostini and spread the goats cheese on top, add a few leaves of rocket and top with a couple of slices of grouse breast. Drizzle with bramble sauce and garnish with crushed hazelnuts.

These Smoked Grouse Crostini’s make a nice sharing starter or make them smaller for canapés.

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