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Duck Stuffed Quail | Cailles farcies de canard

Course Main Dish
Cuisine French, German
Keyword duck, quail, recipe, stuffed
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 portions


  • 8 each quail semi-boneless
  • 10 oz duck meat with fat, cubed
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/8 tsp spices freshly ground cloves, allspice, nutmeg, bay leaf
  • 1/8 tsp thyme dry, freshly ground
  • 2 each eggs
  • 120 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 2 tbsp clarified butter


  • Prepare food processor, pastry bag with a round piping tip (No. 10 or 12), and 16 pieces of precut culinary string, 3-4" long each. Prepare prosciutto slices by cutting them in half to make 8 half-slices. Debone or prepare deboned quail and keep refrigerated until stuffing is ready.
    Deboned Quail
  • Cut duck meat with fat into smaller pieces. Season with spices, dry herbs, and salt.
    Duck Meat for Stuffing
  • Finely grind duck meat in food processor. Add eggs and blend well.
    Duck Meat Stuffing
  • Keep the processor running and slowly pour the cream through the feed tube until cream is completely incorporated. (This is the step when you can test this stuffing for seasoning and adjust it to your taste.) Fill prepared pastry bag with the stuffing and refrigerate until ready to use.
    Duck Meat Stuffing
  • Stuff the quail with prepared duck meat, dividing the stuffing evenly. I usually measure each portion of stuffing visually, making its volume equal to a large chicken egg. Do not overstuff quails, because this stuffing expands during the cooking!
    Duck Meat Stuffing and Quail
  • This step helps to form and control the shape of each quail during cooking. Using precut culinary string, tie together wings of each bird. Bend their legs forward against the body and tie them too. Wrap each quail in a half of slice of prosciutto. Use smaller pieces of prosciutto to secure neck and leg openings.
    Duck Stuffed Quail
  • Prepare lined with parchment paper or silicone mat baking pan. Melt clarified butter on medium-high heat and lightly brown quails on all sides. Place quails on baking pan, cover with lid or foil and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    Duck Stuffed Quail
  • When ready to serve, preheat oven to 400F, cook egg noodles with ramps butter and caramelize smoked plums, and roast quail for 15 minutes or until golden and 145F inside. Remove culinary string before serving.
    Quail with Spaetzle and Smoked Plums