Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fried Quail......or Crispy Kentucky Coturnix!


So as some of you know, Coturnix Quail have quickly become a valuable asset to our little homestead!


Tonight we had  some for supper and I thought I'd share it with you!

First, lightly sprinkle your quail with your favorite seasonings....


I use seasoned salt for The Man and The Youngun, and a mixture of salt and pepper for mine.  (The Man can't eat black pepper)

Then I beat up some egg and milk.....


Then slosh the witty bitty quail around in there.....


Then shake them up in a bag or toss them in a bowl of flour that you've lightly seasoned with some seasoned salt.....or salt and pepper, or whatever is your favorite...


Then do it again.....Double dipping isn't strictly necessary, but it does make for more of the yummy coating....


Then drop them in some hot lard......


Until they look like this....


They'll pretty well float when they are done and it doesn't take long.  If you remember I don't time anything, so I'm not sure how long....

And then I like to put them in a covered casserole, in a hot oven, for about 15 minutes or so....again, that's just a ballpark, pretty well while I finish up the rest of supper....


Then you should totally make yourself some milk gravy to go with it...

First put some yummy grease of some sort in a pan.  Bacon grease, pork fat, whatever...If you fry your quail in a skillet you can use the drippings from that.  Since I deep fried my quail tonight, I'm using the leftover grease that I fried pork chops in last night.  That's why I don't wash my pans...you never know when you might need to scrape some yummy stuff off............BAHAHAHAA!

Anyway, back to making the gravy...

Put your grease in a pan and get it hot, not smoking, but hot....


Then dump some flour in there...how much depends on how much grease you are using.  This is sort of a learned skill when you don't measure, which I don't...ever.....

Now whisk that up until it's nice and smooth and bubbly.....


Then add some milk, it's better to use not enough than too much....if your gravy is too thick, you can whisk and thin it down with more milk.....if it's too thin, it's much harder to get it thickened up without it becoming lumpy and like wallpaper paste......


Then turn your heat to medium low and whisk while you are finishing up the rest of supper.....you can stop every once in a while if you need to do other things, but come back to it often and stir, watching for it to start to thicken....


Then you are ready to eat!!

Fried Quail, Mashed 'Taters with Homemade Milk Gravy and home canned Baked Beans!


When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.  Deuteronomy 8:10




I can't tell you how thankful we are to be the stewards of this little piece of land and these animals.  We are so blessed!!  

Till next time.......


15 comments:

  1. Um, that looks AMAZING!! How are the quail as far as the meat goes? Tender? Chewy? We raised some of our own chickens for meat a couple of years ago and I found them not so tender. Maybe it is something I am doing wrong when I cook them! I think we are planning to try them again, perhaps this year, so we will see if they are better. I would really love to try quail sometime!

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    1. They are so tender, so succulent, so juicy and full of flavor! I can't say enough good things. We raise chickens for meat every year.....I know that when we home butcher any of our meat, we do let it rest in the fridge or a cooler for at least 24 hours, if not 48 before freezing it, or cooking it. I think if you don't do that, it can be tough. If you have the opportunity to try quail you should do so! Thanks for commenting :)

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    2. Hmmm I will have to try that for sure. Thanks so much!! I really want to try quail now! :)

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  2. Great meal, Goodwife, and your quail adventure is fascinating. I have never 'known' anyone to raise them like this. Good for you.

    Fern

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    1. I keep saying it, but it's been such a great addition to our homestead! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I like the scripture verse you ended with. Perfect!

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks FlowerLady! I think Spring might really be almost here and I'm ready! :)

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  4. That looks absolutely delicious! I just showed the hubby and his eyes lit up. Thanks for sharing the nommy recipes! :)

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  5. Oh my word. What a great meal! Thanks for sharing. :)

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