Victorian Roast Quail with Grapes (download printable PDF)

Ingredients

1 quail per person
1 large grape leaf per quail
several strips of bacon per quail
salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup water
butter
4 Tbs. dry sherry
1/2 cup green seedless grapes
1/4 cup chopped filberts

Utensils

knife and cutting board
measuring cup
measuring spoons
string
scissors
cookpot or microwave-safe bowl
meat fork
wooden spoon
frying pan
shallow roasting pan

Chop the filberts. Heat a frying pan on the stove over medium heat. Place the chopped nuts in the dry, hot frying pan and toast them until they are lightly browned. Melt the butter in a cookpot on the stove over medium high heat, or in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave oven. Wash the grapes. Season the quail with salt and black pepper. Wrap each quail in a grape leaf, making sure the breast is well covered. Next, wrap slices of bacon around each quail. Use several slices of bacon to make sure the entire quail is wrapped. Tie the bacon and grape leaves in place with string. The dish can be prepared up to this point in advance.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the quail in the roasting pan and place the pan in the oven. Roast the quail 15 to 20 minutes. Baste frequently with the melted butter. Warm the serving plate. When the quail are done use the meat fork to remove them from the roasting pan. Place the quail on the warm plate and keep warm. Place the roasting pan on the stove and add the water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, and scrap the pan. Reduce the heat to low and add the sherry and green grapes. Simmer a few minutes to warm the grapes and thicken the sauce. Just before serving stir in the filberts. Remove the string from the quail and pour the sauce over them. Serve hot.