Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday's Biblical Recipe: Quail


6 quail ½ cup brandy (or cognac) ¼ cup vegetable oil 2 Tbsp. white horseradish 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar 1½ tsp. five-spice powder 2½ tsp. paprika ½ tsp. dried thyme ½ tsp. sea salt ½ tsp. black pepper wild rice.

Cut the quail in halves with poultry shears. Rinse thoroughly. In a small bowl, mix the brandy, vegetable oil, horseradish, vinegar, garlic, brown sugar, and five-spice powder. Put the quail in a large plastic bowl with a lid (or use two bowls, if needed). Pour the brandy marinade over the quail; cover and refrigerate 4–8 hours, turning the bowl(s) upside down and shaking every so often. When well-marinated, discard the liquid and pat the quail dry. Lightly brush them with olive oil. Mix the paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, then sprinkle over the quail. Cook the birds breast-side down in the broiler for 15–20 minutes, turning once or until crisp and well browned. Serve on a bed of wild rice.