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Sunday Dinner: Quail with Grapes and Grappa

Lately I've been experimenting with quail. I love to order it at restaurants, but have little experience making it in my home kitchen. Sundays are a wonderful day for kitchen experiments, so I am going to give this recipe a whirl. The quail is seared, roasted, and covered in a tasty sauce. Proscuitto, grapes, shallots, and grappa — an Italian brandy — make the sauce incredibly flavorful. For the recipe,


Quail with Grapes and Grappa
From Cooking Light magazine

1 1/2 cups seedless green grapes
8 (4-ounce) quail, skinned
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
8 (1-inch) rosemary sprigs
8 (1-inch) thyme sprigs
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped prosciutto (about 1 ounce)
3 tablespoons grappa (Italian brandy) or cognac
1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallots
Whole rosemary sprigs (optional)
Whole thyme sprigs (optional)

  1. Cut 1/2 cup grapes in half lengthwise.
  2. Sprinkle quail with salt and pepper. Place 1 (1-inch) rosemary sprig and 1 (1-inch) thyme sprig into cavity of each quail.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add quail; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned.
  4. Arrange quail, breast sides up, in pan; add 1/2 cup broth. Partially cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 25 minutes or until done. Place quail on a platter; cover loosely with foil.
  5. Add 1/4 cup broth, prosciutto, grappa, and shallots to pan; cook over medium-high heat 1 1/2 minutes or until shallots are tender, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
  6. Stir in 1/2 cup broth and whole and halved grapes; cook 2 minutes or until grapes are thoroughly heated.
  7. Pour grape mixture over quail; garnish with whole rosemary and thyme sprigs, if desired.

Serves 4.

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 355(29% from fat); FAT 11.6g (sat 3.1g,mono 4.4g,poly 2.6g); PROTEIN 43.1g; CHOLESTEROL 133mg; CALCIUM 34mg; SODIUM 636mg; FIBER 0.7g; IRON 8.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 11.8g

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