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Vine leaf-wrapped quail, grape and walnut salad


You'll need

80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil, plus extra for brushing ½ lemon, juice only 2 tsp finely chopped rosemary leaves 4 jumbo quails, butterflied and thigh bone removed (see note) 4 large fresh vine leaves (see note) ½ Spanish onion, finely chopped 1 tsp white sugar 300 gm mixed grapes (such as flame seedless, sultana or red globe), halved lengthways 100 gm roasted walnuts, broken into large pieces 8 radicchio leaves, thinly sliced widthways ½ cup (loosely packed) small flat-leaf parsley leaves To serve: lemon cheeks   Grape dressing 125 gm flame seedless grapes 50 ml walnut oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • Combine ¼ cup olive oil, lemon juice and rosemary in a bowl and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, add quail and turn to coat, cover and marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, blanch vine leaves in boiling salted water for 1 minute. Refresh in cold water, pat dry with absorbent paper and trim off any stems. Wrap each quail in a vine leaf to cover the breast, tucking legs under.
  • 03
  • Combine onion, sugar and ½ tsp sea salt in a bowl and stand for 30 minutes. Drain, squeeze out excess liquid and place in a bowl with grapes, walnuts, radicchio and parsley.
  • 04
  • Heat a chargrill plate over a medium heat, brush vine leaf-wrapped quail with remaining olive oil and cook leg-side first for 10 minutes, then turn and cook until cooked through (about 5 minutes).
  • 05
  • For grape dressing, use a hand-held blender or food processor to process grapes until finely chopped, then pass through a fine sieve (makes about 150ml juice). Add walnut oil and vinegar and season to taste, then process until emulsified. (This dressing needs to be used immediately as it will split if left to stand. If it splits, blend again.) Drizzle 2 tbsp of grape dressing over salad and toss gently to combine. Drizzle a little dressing on each plate, top with salad and quail, and serve with lemon cheeks to the side.
Note Ask your butcher to butterfly and remove thigh bones from quails. If fresh vine leaves are unavailable, you can use pickled vine leaves, which are available from select supermarkets and delicatessens. To use, rinse well and pat dry with absorbent paper.

“I enjoyed the originality of chef Michael Ryan’s walnut and grape salad with quail at Range in Myrtleford. I’d love to make it for Easter.”
Stephanie Sweet, Geelong, Vic

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  • Serves 4 people
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