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Eggs "Benedict" with Quail Eggs and Spiced Biscuits
12 Quail eggs
1 tb Rice wine vinegar
2 3/4 c Bread flour
2 3/4 c Cake flour
1/2 tb Salt
3/8 c Sugar
1 ts Ancho chile powder
4 tb Baking powder
1/2 tb Minced fresh thyme
Above lemon; minced , Zest of
1/2 c Chilled butter; (4 ounces)
2 Whole eggs
12 oz Buttermilk; (Place 2 eggs in a pint cup and top fill with milk to the top) , About
2 Stalks lemongrass; finely minced, white part only
1/2 c Extra virgin olive oil plus 1 tablespoon
3 Scallions; 1/16-inch slice, green/white separated
1 Lemon; Juice of
1/2 tb Coarse ground; toasted coriander
1 lg Head fennel; de-cored and shaved paper thin
1/2 lb Fresh crab leg meat; picked through thoroughly
Salt and white pepper to taste
In a 2 quart sauce pan filled 2/3 of water add vinegar and bring to a boil. On a simmer, open eggs into the water and try to gather the whites around the yolks. Cook only briefly, 1-2 minutes, should keep the eggs runny.
In a food processor, combine all dry ingredients, thyme and zest. Add chilled butter and pulse to small pieces. Add egg/milk mixture and incorporate. Do not over mix. Remove form processor and roll out on a floured surface. Using a 2-inch round pastry cutter, make circles and bake on parchment paper at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes until golden brown. A tester should come out cleanly.
Yield: 12 biscuits, 2 per serving
Lemon Grass - Crab - Fennel Salad:
In a small saute pan on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and saute lemongrass and scallion whites until soft, about 4 minutes. Season and set aside. In a bowl, whisk together juice, coriander, scallion greens and remaining oil. Add lemongrass and check for seasoning. In another bowl, mix crab and fennel. Add 2/3 of the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Check for seasoning.
Cut the biscuits in half. Lay a little salad down to prevent sliding and place the bottom half on the salad. Top with small mound of salad the top with egg. Drizzle on vinaigrette and rest top of biscuit against the mound.
Yield: 4 serving.
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