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Quail With Pancetta - {Quaglie Con Pancetta}

Type: Poultry
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

8   Boneless quail
1/2 lb 227g / 8ozPancetta - cut 1" cubes
4 tablespoons 60mlBalsamic vinegar
8 tablespoons 120mlExtra-virgin olive oil - divided, plus
1 cup 237mlExtra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons 30mlHoney
1 tablespoon 15mlFreshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon 15mlRed onion - cut 1/4" dice (medium)
1/2 lb 227g / 8ozCoppa, or capocollo - thinly sliced
10   Sage leaves - chopped
2 cups 320g / 11ozCooked borlotti beans
4   Chives - cut 1" batons

Recipe Instructions

Check quail for bones or feathers and place in mixing bowl. Add pancetta, vinegar, 4 tablespoons of the olive oil, honey and black pepper and toss to coat. Set aside and preheat grill.

In a 12- to 14-inch saute pan heat 4 tablespoons of the olive oil until smoking. Add the onion and cook until softened and light golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Cut the coppa into julienne and add to the pan with the onions. Add the sage leaves and the beans and lower heat to medium and cook the beans until soft and fragrant, about 7 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm on the side of the stove.

Bring 2 quarts of water to the boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Prepare an ice water bath next to the stove. Drop the chives into the boiling water and cook 20 to 30 seconds until deep green. Quickly fish them out with a spider and refresh in the ice bath. Remove and drain well between 2 towels. Place the chives in a blender with the remaining 1 cup oil and blend until smooth, 30 to 45 seconds. Remove and set aside.

Drain the pancetta from the marinade and place in a cold nonstick pan. Place pan over medium heat and cook until crispy and golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Drain the quails from their marinade and place skin-side down on the hottest part of the grill. Cook until medium-rare inside, about 4 minutes on the first side and 2 minutes on the back.

Meanwhile arrange the beans on 4 separate plates. Remove the quail from the grill and place on the piles of beans. Arrange the pancetta pieces around the beans on the plate. Drizzle with the chive oil and serve.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

MOLTO MARIO with Mario Batali - (Show # MB-2B31) - from the TV FOOD NETWORK


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