Wood-Grilled Manchester Farm Quail with Fig Leaf Marinade, Red Curry and Carolina Gold Rice

Grilled quail is great year-round, but with spring coming up, we look to see what's popping outside to complement the birds. Fig leaves are a favorite spring arrival, and their coconut aroma makes them a natural fit for curried quail. 

April 24, 2018

Ingredients

  • 12 Whole, semi-boneless Manchester Farm Quail
Fig Leaf & Herb Marinade
  • 5 regular-sized green fig leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flake
  • 1 cup olive oil
Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons curry paste (recipe below)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
Curry Paste
  • 3 red Fresno peppers
  • 1-inch plug lemon grass
  • 1-inch plug galangal
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 4 cilantro stems
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

Instructions

For the fig leaf & herb marinade:

Finely chop parsley, basil and fig leaves. Mix with remaining ingredients. 

Marinate quail for 3 hours. Gently pat dry (to avoid oil drippings in fire) and add salt and pepper to taste. 

Grill birds slowly until just cooked through (8–10 minutes) over hardwood embers, such as oak, hickory, pecan or, preferably, fig, if it’s handy. Rest birds for at least 5 minutes, reserving juices for sauce. 

For the sauce:

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet until golden brown. Deglaze skillet with chicken stock. Bring contents to boil. Turn off heat. Add second tablespoon butter and 2 teaspoons curry paste; swirl pan until contents emulsify. Season with salt. lemon juice and any reserved quail juices. 

Serve quail with Carolina Gold rice and sauce the plates as you please. 

For the curry paste:

In a mortar and pestle, carefully smash the following ingredients, pulverizing one at a time, before adding the next in the exact order listed under ingredients.

Serves 6

Recipe by Rhett Elliott, The War Mouth

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Ingredients

  • 12 Whole, semi-boneless Manchester Farm Quail
Fig Leaf & Herb Marinade
  • 5 regular-sized green fig leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flake
  • 1 cup olive oil
Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons curry paste (recipe below)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
Curry Paste
  • 3 red Fresno peppers
  • 1-inch plug lemon grass
  • 1-inch plug galangal
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 4 cilantro stems
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

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