Spicy Crispy Skin Quail

Spicy Crispy Skin Quail, with Potato, Tarragon and Mustard finished with Sticky Plum Syrup

Serves 6

Quail Marinate

  • 1 packet of quail, each quail cut in half
  • 100ml Vegetable oil
  • 6cloves Garlic finely grated
  • 10gm Cayenne pepper
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 50gm Ginger, finely grated

Mix all ingredients into the oil and add the quail and let it marinate for at least 2 hours.


Potato, Tarragon and Mustard Salad

  • 500gm pink eye potatoes
  • Fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 100gm whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • Seasoning
  • Mustard crest – micro herb

Scrub and boil pink eye potatoes until tender, refrigerate until needed. The potatoes need to be cold for this dish. Mix tarragon, mustard and seasoning into the mayonnaise and keep aside ready for plating.


Sticky Plum Sauce

  • 1kg Dark plums, checks cut off
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 5 star anise
  • 660 gm (3 cups, firmly packed) brown sugar

Place all ingredients, except sugar, and 1 cup of water in a large saucepan, bring to the boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes or until soft. Add sugar; simmer for another 10 minutes, then discard star anise. Process plum mixture in a food processor until puréed, then strain through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened.


To Serve

Seal the quail skin side down until the skin is crispy turn over and finish in the oven for 6 minutes, let the quail rest for a few minutes when it comes out of the oven. While the quail is resting mix the potato and dressing together. Place a few potatoes in the centre of the plate, top with a few mustard cress. Pull the leg away from the breast meat and sit the quail atop of the potato. Drizzle with the plum sauce and top with more micro herbs. Finish with a splash of good olive oil.

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