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.

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