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Quail with Grapes     HT  MC  50mins

Serve      Hot   Poultry  Game Bird  Fruit  Alcohol   Main course   Eggless

 

Ingredients

4 Quail

50g/2oz Plain Flour

100g/4oz Butter

4 x 1/2 inch thick slices of White Bread

Salt and pepper

For the Sauce

175g/6oz White Grapes

100g/4oz Butter

120ml/4 fl.oz. Port

A pinch of Ground Cloves

100g/4oz Button Mushrooms, thinly sliced

 

Instructions

 

1. Heat the oven to l7OC, 325F, Gas mark 3.

 

2. Split each quail along the breast bone and open the birds. Turn them skin side up and press down on the backbone of each one to flatten them completely. Coat the quail with flour on all sides.

 

3. To make the croutons, remove the crusts and trim each slice of bread to make a rectangle a little larger than the quail, and brush each slice on both sides with melted butter. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

4. Melt the remaining butter in two large frying pans. Sauté each quail over a moderate heat for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Season the birds with salt and freshly ground pepper, arrange them on the croutons on a serving dish and keep warm.

 

5. To make the grape sauce - bring the grapes and 250ml/8 fl.oz. water to boil. Drain the grapes, and place them in a pan with the butter, port and ground cloves. Cover the pan and simmer for 6 minutes, or until the grapes are tender. Stir in the sliced mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes more. Place in a warmed sauceboat and serve with the quail.

 

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Key techniques

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Brown  to  -  To fry in very shallow  fat  over a high heat in order to colour the food and seal in the juices.

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.

 

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