There are lots of things I only eat when I'm in Brazil - quail eggs is one of them. I know there are quail eggs in the U.S but for some reason I never care to make them. This will change when we move back to California because my kids have become addicted to these tiny eggs, and so have I.
At least once a week I make 2 dozen hard boiled quail eggs, and at least once a week Christian tells me that I should make deviled quail eggs, and at least once a week I feel like pinching him really hard because, can you imagine how labor intensive/ridiculous that would be? No thanks dude, I'll stick with my quail egg salad thank you very much.
Quail eggs taste very similar to chicken eggs, so if you like a hard boiled chicken's egg you will love a handfull of hard boiled quail eggs. You know when you eat a hard boiled chicken's egg you usually just get the hard boiled yolk or hard boiled egg whites in each bite. Well with quail eggs you get the whole deal in one quick bite, the yolk and the egg whites. It makes you feel like a giant. At least that's what Enzo says.
Do you know who else loves quail eggs? My mom. Which is great, because my mom is picky about the food she loves and when she loves a certain food she becomes a total pro at making it - flan, jell-o, hardboiled quail eggs. My mom has been visiting us for almost a month and in this month alone we probably reached triple digits in quail egg consumption in our household. If you've tried removing the egg shells from quail eggs you know that it's a total pain. Well my mom taught me a trick.
Mom's Hard Boiled Quail Egg Recipe
2 dozen quail eggs
1 tsp salt
- In a medium sized pan cover the quail eggs with water. Add the tsp of salt. When the water begins to boil turn off the heat and leave the quail eggs in the hot water for 5 minutes.
- Drain the quail eggs and put them in a plastic bag. Gently hold the plastic bag and hit the bag with the quail eggs on the counter to crack and loosen the egg shells.
- Remove the rest of the egg shells under cold running water.
This is how my kids eat their quail eggs - with olive oil and salt.
I like mine a little more jazzed up, with salami and olives, with basil and cilantro. I like to turn my hard boiled quail eggs into a salad, a nice flavorful and filling quail egg salad
Quail Egg Salad
serves - 4
2 dozen hard boiled quail eggs cut in half
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped salami
1/2 cup diced green olives
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped basil
- In a shallow dish layer the quail eggs and drizzle olive oil on top.
- Add the salami, olives, cilantro, and basil and gently toss.
- This salad can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, but it's best to eat it fresh.
Day 2- Avocado and Mango Salad