Saturday, December 4, 2010

Grilled Quail And Fried Eggplant With Mint

Day 11 of our carbless diet - I think I do have photographic memory when it comes to food. I remembered this interesting eggplant dish that I had read somewhere while searching for a side dish to go with the quails. The fried eggplant turned out to be the perfect match with the grilled birds but I think it would go well with just about any grilled meat or fish. Our diet is working very well for us but I am looking forward to some good Asian food over the weekend, dishes are planned so stay tuned.

serves 2
you'll need;
4 quails
2 sprigs of rosemary
2 garlic cloves, crushed
juice of half a lemon
dash of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
mint leaves for garnish

for the fried eggplant with mint;
3 eggplants, cut into cubes
100 ml of extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
60 ml of red wine vinegar
1/2 cup of chopped mint
salt and pepper to taste

Butterfly the quail by cutting off the backbones using a pair of kitchen scissors. Place quail breasts side up on a chopping board and flatten it by pressing it down with you palm. Repeat the process with the rest of the birds.

Marinate quails for at least an hour with garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, olive oil and season well.

 To prepare the fried eggplant with mint - boil eggplant cubes in plenty of boiling water for 5 minutes and drain well.

Heat half the olive oil and saute the drained eggplant and sliced garlic until soften.

Transfer eggplant to a large bowl and add in the rest of the olive oil and red wine vinegar. Season well, cover and marinate for at least an hour. Mix in the chopped mint leaves just before serving.

Grill quails in batches until golden brown (2 to 3 minutes on each side depending on the size of the birds).

Place grilled quails on a bed of the fried eggplants, scatter some extra mint leaves over and serve with a lemon wedge.


  1. haha very good :)dalam peti ais makcik ada 2 ekor burung puyuh:)satu lagi resepi yang simple tapi pastinya sedap.all the best to Tummies

  2. Grilled quails looks soo tempting..

  3. Wish u r my neighbour!!

    U cook the mains and I will settle the desserts!

    Oops forgot to email shaz my MM entry!

  4. Fantastic dish! I like quail very much!

  5. Looks fabulous. You know, I don't think I've ever eaten quail. Must try.

  6. Yummy! Quails are one of my favorite during Summertime BBQ!!! Must try this recipe looks absolutely fabulous!!!

  7. mmmmmm looks delicious! i love quails. thank so much for this simple and healthy recipe. going add this on my shopping list :)
    CookNg Sisters

  8. I am impressed you are all doing so well on this carb free diet. It all looks good to me. With your cooking I think I could do this very easily!

    Lol! Funny about your photographic food memory!

  9. Another restaurant quality dish, I like it a lot! :)

  10. Bought some quails from the market today and this is going to be our dinner!

  11. Thanks for yet another beautiful dish...I really get get over how well you guys eat every night!

  12. très très appétissant tout ce mélange de saveurs, j'aime beaucoup
    bonne soirée

  13. I'll have to try cooking eggplant like that.

  14. I love the combination of ingredients here.
    Eggplant is one of my favourite vegetables.
    An excellent meal!

    I really need to try it out.
    Thank you.

    Big hugs
    B xx


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