Blue Grouse with Roasted Apples and Pears
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“Blue Grouse with Roasted Apples and Pears”

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 blue grouse fully dressed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 medium apples cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 3 medium pears cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 2 medium onions roughly chopped
  • 1 head of garlic cloves separated with skin intact
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter cubed


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Rinse the grouse and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper inside and out. Secure the legs of the birds to the breast with toothpicks or kitchen twine.
  • Stuff the cavity of the birds with equal parts apple, pear, and onion, and lay them in a large roasting pan or baking dish. Add a few garlic cloves to the cavity and scatter the rest in the pan along with the remaining apple, pear, and onion.
  • Add the orange juice to the bottom of the pan along with the butter.
  • Cook the birds for 45 minutes, or until a digital meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F when inserted between the leg and the breast meat. While cooking, baste the birds every 7-10 minutes with a large spoon, making sure to distribute the juices over the breast meat in particular.
  • Remove from the oven and cover with tin foil. Let sit for 15 minutes before carving and serving!