- MUSHROOM STUFFING:
- 8 boned quail - (3 1/2 oz ea)
- 2 tablespoons Essence (see Bayou Blast recipe)
- Mushroom Stuffing (listed below)
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup minced shallots
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 pounds assorted mushrooms* stems trimmed, and roughly chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan - (packed)
- 1/4 cup fine bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
* Such as button, shiitake, wood ear, and chanterelles.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Lay the quail skin side-down on a baking sheet and season lightly with 1 tablespoon of the Essence. Insert 1 portion of the mushroom stuffing into the cavity of each quail and wrap the bird around it. Replace each bird on the baking sheet, breast side-up. Brush the butter over the quails and season with the remaining tablespoon of Essence.
Roast until the birds are tender and golden brown, 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve 2 quails per person.
For the Mushroom Stuffing: Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are wilted and begin to caramelize. Add the wine and cook, stirring to deglaze the pan and until the liquid has almost all evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer the mushrooms to the bowl of a food processor. Add the cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, basil, and oregano, and process on high speed to a thick paste.
Transfer to a bowl and divide into 8 equal portions. With your hands, pack each portion into a tight ball. Set aside until ready to stuff the quail. (Makes about 3 cups)
This recipe yields 4 servings.