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Old 12-30-2006, 01:52 PM   #1
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Quail Eggs?

I've had them many times before, but only prepared for me, never cooked them at home.

How the heck do you open those little guys? I tried cracking like a chicken egg.. that did NOT work. I might take a knife and chip off the top of one and drain it that way. Is there any other way?

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Old 12-30-2006, 06:16 PM   #2
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I use a very sharp little knife.
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Old 12-30-2006, 07:50 PM   #3
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That's what I figured.

How do you cook yours? I've only had quail egg omlettes ;)
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Old 12-31-2006, 02:41 PM   #4
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I like them pickled. Or, a nice small first course is some homemade pasta rags with fried prosciutto and a poached quail egg on top. Also nice on a small mixed green salad with a curried mayo.
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I've never seen a quail egg broken and poached. It's got to be - what- the size of a quarter?


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Old 12-31-2006, 04:57 PM   #6
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I've never seen a quail egg broken and poached. It's got to be - what- the size of a quarter?


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They're meant to be small and dainty.

Here's an image of a 12pack..

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Old 01-06-2007, 08:46 PM   #7
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stinemates, in Chinese (and Vietnamese cooking), quail eggs are normally boiled first, then peeled and added to the dish. For e.g.: Pork (or chicken) with soya sauce with quail eggs. Or use some minced meat to wrap up the boiled eggs then deep fry it. Sorry I don't have the recipes on hand. But they are really yummy that way!
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Old 01-07-2007, 12:51 PM   #8
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While I have seen them sold fresh like chicken eggs at a couple of gourmet markets around here, I've never bought them.

I do, however, LOVE the hard-cooked peeled canned ones sold in Asian markets. They're an extremely interesting ingredient added to Asian stirfries & soups.
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:18 PM   #9
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They're very, very popular here, used as cocktail snacks. Peeling them, however, is a royal pain in the whatsit. I once offered to make Quail Eggs for a New Year party ( 50 guests) and peeled over 200. It took almost 3 hours.

You hardboil the eggs and peel the same as chicken eggs - but since they're so tiny, it's a far more finickity operation.

These days I've discovered a place that sells them peeled, to order.That's where I go!!
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:47 PM   #10
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Clive - have you ever seen &/or used the peeled canned ones? While I'm sure the taste is remarkably different from fresh boiled ones, they're quite delicious.

What I find funny when I serve them is that people don't even realize at first that they're eggs - lol!! But they are very good. Very mild & not at all "eggy".
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