Charred quail, harissa & preserved lemon

  • POSTED ON 19 Jun 2019

Simply delicious: We've put together a quick & easy recipe for charred quail, harissa & preserved lemon with a cauliflower, cranberry & pearl barley salad. An impressive dinner or lunch, you can pick up most of the ingredients at the deli and the rest from the Milton Fruit Bowl next door. Easy!


Charred Quail, Harissa & Preserved Lemon

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 6 Brisbane Valley deboned jumbo quail*
  • 4 Simon Johnson preserved lemons*
  • 90g Charmaine Solomon's harissa paste*
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil*
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt flakes*
  • Freshly ground black pepper

*Available from Tognini’s

Method

Combine the preserved lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper and harissa paste. Blitz with a food processor or hand blender until smooth. Pour the marinade over the quail and rub into the skin. Marinate for at 1-2 hours or up to a day ahead in the fridge. Take the quail out of the fridge around 1 hour before cooking. Preheat a pan or grill until hot, sear both sides of the quail until coloured. Preheat oven to 220˚C. Place quail in a large roasting tray or ovenproof dish lined with baking paper. Roast for 20-25 minutes until cooked.


Cauliflower, Cranberry & Pearl Barley Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

Salad

  • 200g pearl barley, cooked as per packed instructions
  • Half cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed and reserved
  • 75g dried cranberries
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • 75g chopped pistachios
  • 2 large handfuls Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 4 sprigs mint leaves, roughly chopped

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil*
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar*
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses*

*Available from Tognini’s

Method

To make the dressing, place olive oil, vinegar and molasses in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside. For the salad, add ingredients to a large bowl and lightly toss. Drizzle dressing over salad. Serve.