Roasted Quail Dish

Recipes & Tips

Episode 3

Chef Ben's Recipe and Royco Tip 

Roasted Quail in Tree Tomato - BBQ Sauce with Creamy Cauliflower Puree and Chinese Cabbage Ball

2 to 3 Tree tomatoes, pulp
50 ml Highlife sherry
60 ml BBQ sauce
Bunch of fresh thyme
Royco Chicken Mchuzi Mix
Brown sugar
Whole green chili

Cauliflower puree
Cauliflower, boiled and blended
Stick of butter
Little cream
Salt to taste

Chinese cabbage
One large whole leaf of Chinese cabbage
5 - 6 leaves of Chinese cabbage, shredded
1 tsp. onion, chopped
Minced garlic
Thyme, plucked off the stalk
1 tsp. olive oil
Royco Chicken Mchuzi Mix

1. In a pot over moderate heat, add in the sherry and allow to reduce by half.
2. Add in the tree tomato after blending it, and passing through a strainer then add in the bbq sauce.
3. Once the mixture starts to boil,reduce the heat then add in the royco, brown sugar and a whole piece of chili. Stir occasionally with the bunch of thyme. Cook very gently avoiding the sauce from sticking at the bottom of the pan until it thickens. Set aside to cool.
4. Cut the quail into half, wash weland pat it down to get rid of any excess water.
5. Season with salt and pepper and brown it on a hot pan with a little oil. Coat with the bbq sauce  and finish off in a preheated oven for 5 – 8 minutes at 180°C.
6. Once the cauliflower is boiled to soft in salt water, drain the water, add the butter, and blend to a puree. Return to the heat, add the cream and simmer to thicken the puree stirring occasionally. Season with salt.
7. In another clean pan, add a little olive oil, toss in the onions and cook lightly. Add the garlic and cook further. Add the shredded cabbage and thyme. Toss very lightly leaving the cabbage still crunchy. Season accordingly.
8. Cut the pith off the whole cabbage leaf and dip into boiling water for 5 seconds to make it limp.
9. Spread over cling film, and stuff with the tossed, shredded cabbage. Join the ends for the whole leaf together and using the cling film, roll into a tight ball.
10. Serve everything hot with caramelized baby onions and whole roasted garlic. 



Royco cooking tip: Basting