Quail are stuffed with a savory mixture of wild rice, onion, celery, sage, parsley and walnuts. This is a dish you'll impress yourself with!
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 6 boneless quail
- salt to taste
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest, divided
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup uncooked wild rice
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 3/4 cup diced celery
- 1/2 cup fresh sage, minced
- 1 egg white
- 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a roasting pan.
Wash quail and rub the inside cavities with salt and 1 teaspoon of orange zest.
In a medium saucepan bring vegetable broth and rice to a boil. Add the bay leaf and reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until translucent; add celery and sage and saute 2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the egg white, remaining orange zest, walnuts, black pepper, cooked rice and parsley; mix well. Stuff the cavities of the quail with the rice mixture. Lightly season the skins with salt and cracked black pepper.
Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cooked through.
Remove quail from pan and de glaze with the chicken broth. Strain and ladle over the quail.