Cook the ultimate post-shoot dinner menu


Cook the ultimate post-shoot dinner menu
  1. Cook the ultimate post-shoot dinner menu
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Here’s how to cook the ultimate after-shoot dinner party for six people, from canapes to souffle.

Canapes: Poppy Seed and Cheese Biscuits

You don’t want anything too filling or fancy before you have grouse as its such a rich and indulgent thing. These easy cheese biscuits can be made days before and kept in an airtight container. This recipe makes a lot!

200g butter 200g self raising flour 200g cheddar cheese sald and pepper poppy seeds

Method

  • Put the butter, flour and cheese in the food processor and blend till it forms a ball. Roll out to form a long tube shape of about the size of a 10p piece in diameter. Now wrap the mixture in cling film and place in the fridge for roughly 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 185 ˚C/gas mark 6. Spread the poppy seeds on a board or work surface and roll the mixture in the seeds so that it is totally covered in seeds. Take a sharp knife and cut into biscuits, be careful not to make them too think as they have a high fat content and can break easily.
  • Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until lightly golden.
  • Leave them to cool a bit before taking off the tray, so that they do not crumble.

Starter: Prawn and Avocado Mousse

This is a luxurious but light started with a lot of flavour.

Juice of 1 lemon 1 onion 150g peeled prawns plus 6 good looking prawns for the top of the ramekin 4 tablespoons Hellman’s or home-made mayonnaise 4teaspoons fresh dill, finely chopped 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce 2 ripe avocados 300mls double cream 2 egg whites 50g of butter seasoning Dill for garnish

Method

  • Lightly grease 6 small ramekins.
  • Peel and chop an onion and put in a food processor until finely chopped. Cook on a medium heat until slightly browned.
  • Put the avocados in the food processor wiz for a few seconds. Add the prawns and wiz again, but don’t let the mixture get too fine, you still want a nice texture.
  • Beat the cream in one bowl and then clean the beaters and beat the egg whites in another bowl. Tip the avocado and prawn mixture into a large bowl and add in the onions, mayonnaise, melted butter, lemon juice, worcetershire sauce and dill. Finally fold in the whipped cream and egg whites and season to taste.
  • Spoon the mixture gently into the ramekins and set for a few hours in the fridge. Garnish with a prawn and dill on top and serve with melba toast or good oatcakes.

Main Course: Grouse breasts with a redcurrant sauce, parsnip and carrot stir fry and baby potato dauphinoise

This is a slightly more modern way to serve Grouse than serving the whole bird on the plate. This method is certainly much easier to eat rather than hacking into a whole bird!

Apart from frying the Grouse breasts you can make everything in advance and just warm up before you serve. You also use the food processor a lot, so you don’t have to do any chopping.

Potato Dauphinoise

1kg baby potatoes 3-4 garlic cloves 500mls double cream 50g butter seasoning

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 160C/320F/Gas 2160C/320F/Gas 2
  • Peel the potatoes and pop into the food processor one by one with the blade attachment.
  • Season generously and arrange in a baking dish with the garlic cloves. Pick out the nicest looking slices of potato and arrange then neatly overlapping one another on the top.
  • Pour over the cream and dot the butter on top.
  • Place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 1- 2 hours. You might want to cover it with foil for the first hour, especially if you are reheating it later, you don’t want the top to be too brown.

Carrot and Parsnip stir-fry

This side dish looks like it has been stir-fried but it is actually roasted in a hot oven, which is much easier than slaving over a hot stove

4 Large Carrots 4 Large Parsnips 150mls sunflower oil 1 tbs light brown sugar parsley seasoning

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  • Peel and cut the vegetables into thirds so that they are able to fit into the funnel of the food processor length ways. Put the chunks of parsnip and carrot into the processor processor with the slicing attachment.
  • Tip the sliced vegetables into a large roasting tin and pour over the oil, seasoning and sugar mixing thoroughly.
  • Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes but keep checking every 5 minutes and turning the vegetables so that they are all evenly cooked. When you are ready to serve, chop some parsley and sprinkle over.

Accompaniment: Redcurrant Sauce

2 shallots or 1 red onion, finely chopped 8 tbsp redcurrant jelly 4 tbsp of red wine Juice of one orange Juices from grouse breasts Worcestershire sauce to taste

Method

Fry the onion until softened add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Season to taste.

The Grouse

12 grouse breasts chunk of butter seasoning

Method

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