A hazel-hen, also known as a hazel-grouse, is a game bird which inhabits the mountain forests of northern Asia and some
European pine forests. A plump bird with a reddish, speckled plumage, the hazel-hen has a tender white flesh with a strong piney flavour. The flavour can be lessened by soaking the hazel-hen in milk for several hours before cooking it.
Rarely eaten in Great Britain now-adays, the hazel-hen used to be imported in large quantities, frozen or chilled, from
Scandinavia and Russia.
Hazel-hens are usually roasted plain, but they are also very good cooked with sour cream, Russian-style.