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Poussin with fresh grapes  Our original home cooking

Poussin with fresh grapes is a very delicate recipe to be served in September and October when this fruit is in season. You'll need very few ingredients because poussin is cooked practically in grape juice that gives it a unique flavor. The only other ingredient is myrtle, a liqueur of Sardinia.

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Poussin with fresh grapes

Ingredients / Serves 2

  • 1 500g (1.1 pound) poussin (or cockerel)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 full sherry glass of "mirto" (an Italian liqueur from Sardinia) or of brandy
  • 200g (7 ounces) white fresh grapes (for its juice)
  • 500g (1.1 pound) white and black fresh grapes, ripe but firm
  • Salt
  • Time:
    preparation: 30 minutes
    cooking: about 1 hour
    total: 1 h 30 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 574 (kcal) 29 % GDA (*)- 2400 (kJ)
    Protein: 42.1 (g) 56 % GDA
    Total fat: 23.8 (g) 34 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 52.5 (g) 20 % GDA
    Sugars: 51.3 (g) 57 % GDA

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Recipe for poussin with fresh grapes

Preparation and cooking

  • - Prepare 200g white grapes.
    Wash white fresh grapes.
    Pat dry with absorbent kitchen paper.
    Remove berries from the stalk.
    Pass them through a moulilegumes or mash, then sieve to remove their seeds.
  • - Begin cooking your poussin.
    Put your poussin (singed, washed, dried and cut into two halves) in a saucepan with olive oil.
    Brown on all sides for some minutes.
    Pour the liqueur over and let evaporate.
    Lower the flame and add grape juice and one glass of water too.
    Season to taste with salt, cover and continue cooking.
    Add other hot water only if necessary.
    Cook, about 45 minutes.
  • - Prepare the other grapes.
    Meanwhile wash and pat dry white and red fresh grapes.
    Remove berries from the stalk.
    If it is possible, pick out their seeds with the top of a knife or vegetable peeler.
  • - Complete the cooking.
    Stir in grape berries, uncover and simmer for a final 15 minutes to allow the sauce to evaporate and thicken.

Just before serving

  • - Serve your poussin with grapes hot with its cooking juice.

Note

Tips

  • - You can prepare this poussin recipe ahead but in this case don't let your cooking juice reduce too much.
    You have to complete the cooking just before serving.

Menu planning

  • - If you've read calories, total fat and sugars you can understand easily why I can't suggest this poussin recipe as a dish for your family menu. On the contrary it is perfect for your get-togethers in late summer or early fall.
    Here it is a full menu, Italian style.
    Starter: assorted appetizer platter with salami combined with seasonal vegetables can be a perfect antipasto idea.
    First course: it must be a rice or pasta dish. I suggest a recipe with no tomato sauce. You can find some tips of mine in the next paragraph.
    Second course: serve my poussin with grapes. You need no side dish. Grapes accompany your meat.
    Dessert. I think an apple tart could be a great choice for this menu. Link below!

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Healthy eating

  • - If you've read calories, fat and sugar of poussin with grapes I think you have no doubt in understanding this recipe may not be an usual dish. The amount of sugars is very high for the presence of grapes in abundance. It is not a main dish for diabetics or for people who suffer from metabolic syndrome certainly.
    To lower the calories you could decrease the amount of grapes but I think if you want to taste it fully it is better to prepare it according to these doses. A time to time, especially if you have an active lifestyle and move a lot, you can eat a hypercaloric dish.
    Even the amount of proteins is very high but this derives from the portion of meat which is higher than recommended. On the other hand a poussin geberally serves two.
  • - Fiber per serving: 4.9 grams. Daily intake is 30 grams.

Loretta

What's the right wine for " Poussin with fresh grapes "?

My husband and I suggest to pair Rosso di Montalcino (an Italian wine from Tuscany).