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Southwestern Roasted Quail With Kumquat Sauce

The analysis assumes that you will not eat the skin. If you do, add 50 calories and 5 grams of fat.

Type: Poultry
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 12 people

Recipe Ingredients

6   New Mexico dried red chile peppers
2 teaspoons 10mlFreshly-ground black pepper
  Lemon juice - as needed
2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil
12   Quail - (6 oz ea) - breastbone removed
  Kumquat Sauce
1 tablespoon 15mlCanola oil
2 tablespoons 30mlShallots - minced (large)
  = (or 1/4 cup minced red onion)
12   Fresh kumquats - chopped, with
  Skins left intact
2   Fresh jalapeño chile peppers - seeded, minced
1/4 cup 59mlRed wine vinegar
2 cups 474mlFresh orange juice
1 tablespoon 15mlHoney
1 1/2 cups 355mlFat-free no-salt-added canned
  Chicken broth
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste
  Optional Garnish
  Fresh kumquats
  Lemon leaves

Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Arrange peppers on a baking sheet and roast for 30 to 45 seconds until warmed. Remove the stems and seeds and puree the flesh in a food processor to a fine powder.

Stir in black pepper and place in a shallow dish. Set aside.

Rinse the quail and pat dry. Sometimes you can buy quail already boned-out, or remove the breastbone by cutting down the bone with a sharp knife and pulling the bone away from the carcass. Rub the quail with lemon juice and brush tops of quail with the olive oil. Sprinkle on the chile pepper mixture and press in gently with your fingers.

Increase oven setting to 325 degrees. Place the quail in a single layer in a large shallow baking pan, breast-side up. Add about 1/8 inch water to the pan. Cover with foil and bake for 3o to 45 minutes, until done.

To prepare sauce: heat oil in a small heavy saucepan. Add shallots, kumquats and jalapeños. Saute over low heat, stirring, until shallots are limp, about 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar and simmer until liquid almost evaporates. Add orange juice, honey, and chicken broth. Simmer until reduced to about 2 1/2 cups and the sauce lightly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Taste, adding salt (if using) and pepper. Keep warm.

To serve, arrange roasted quail on a large serving platter. Nap each quail with 2 tablespoons of the sauce. Place any remaining sauce in a small serving dish to pass separately. Decorate the platter with lemon leaves and kumquats.

This recipe yields 12 servings.

Exchanges Per Serving: 4 Lean Protein, 1/2 Carbohydrate (fruit).

Nutrition Facts: 243 calories (35% calories from fat), 29 g protein, 9 g total fat (2.1 g saturated fat), 10 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 89 mg cholesterol, 73 mg sodium.

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