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Does Nigella Have Any Quail Recipes Suitable For A Picnic?

Asked by Charlotte67. Answered on 25th May 2022

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I am looking for a recipe for poussin or quail to be served cold at a posh picnic which is to be a proper sit down meal. Any suggestions?

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Hoisin Quail
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Our answer

Nigella's recipe for Hoisin Quail (from NIGELLA SUMMER) marinates spatchcoked quail in a mixture of hoisin sauce, sesame oil, ginger, orange juice and rice vinegar. The quail are then cooked on a BBQ or in a hot oven. The quail are best eaten warm, but could be served cold. If serving cold make sure that thery are refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking and we would suggest cutting each quail into 4 pieces, to make it easier to pick up the pieces to eat. They could be served with Nigella's Crunchy Salad With Hot And Sour Dressing and chilled Soba Noodles With Sesame Seeds.

We would mention that both quail and poussins both have quite a high proportion of bones, so are not that easy or elegant to eat. But if you wanted to serve them roasted and cold then you could serve them with Nigella's Tarragon Salsa Verde drizzled over. Or you could convert the salad parts of the Chicken With Mango and Chilli Salad, into a salsa by cutting the mango into very small dice and serve it alongside the cold birds.

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