Here’s what I made tonight: “Baked Roaring Fork Smuggler Quail” Simple, easy, yummy.
First thing I did was take the dressed quail and separate the drumsticks from the breasts.
Then I took the rest of the bird and set it on the cutting board so the breasts were facing up and pushed down with my fingers to crack the bones so the breasts lay flatter. This will make it easier to pan sear them later. The one on the right has not been flattened, the one on the left has been.
A quick dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder and they were ready for the pan.
I heated up a frying pan to medium-high heat with olive oil and got the oven heated up to 350. Then I simply pan seared the breasts in the frying pan, breast side down first, then I flip them.
When the breasts were close to being done I tossed in the drumsticks. The drumsticks are small and cook faster than the breasts.
Then I took everything and put it in an oil-coated baking pan and splashed some of my favorite seasoning on it, plus a few hunks of butter.
I used Roaring Fork’s “Smuggler Sweet BBQ Blend” this time. Roaring Fork Spice Co. is an outfit that we ran into at a farmers market in Glenwood Springs, CO this summer and we were actually their very first customers – cool! Their spice blends are great and I highly recommend them.
Then the pan got covered tightly with foil and baked in the oven for 20 minutes.
The kitchen filled with aroma of awesome yumminess. This turned out great. Serve with a tomato basil salad and some steamed rice…..oh yeah.
Hey, if you have any recipes, share then in the comments. I’m always looking for new ideas!