Mushroom Stuffed Quail

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Mushroom Stuffed Quail

Makes 2-4 appetizer or 1-2 light entree servings
wine WINE PAIRING
Pinot Noir from Burgundy or Poulsard/Ploussard from Jura

Creamy, earthy, with a hint of game flavor, this is a very elegant dish that’s really easy if you use partially deboned quail. We’ve paired the quail with a nutty, sweet, and sour walnut sauce.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

1

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
2

Toast the walnuts on a baking sheet in the oven until slightly darker, crispy, and aromatic.
3

Remove the walnuts, let them cool and turn your oven temperature up to 350 degrees.
4

Sweat the shallot in a pan with a little oil until translucent, deglaze with the balsamic and briefly simmer to reduce to a syrup consistency. Then, blend the balsamic/shallot mixture, walnuts, chicken stock, and olive oil together until smooth.
5

Fill the central cavity of each quail with 1 tbsp of the duxelles and stitch closed with a wooden skewer.
6

Get a thin layer of oil hot in a cast iron skillet on medium and lay the quail in on their backs, until they develop a well seared crust. Then turn them and continue to sear as much of their surface as you can.
7

When the quail have been completely seared, move them (in the skillet) to the oven to roast for about 20 minutes.
8

Once the quail has finished cooking, spread a smear of the walnut sauce on a plate, and put the quail down on top of it. Finish the plate with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar. Serve.
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