Crispy Smoked Quail Salad

Recipe from

Coastal Living


Hickory chunks
1 cup peanut oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce or hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons bourbon
8 quail, breasts deboned
2 cups rice flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups water
Vegetable oil
8 cups gourmet salad greens
2 ripe pears, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery hearts


Soak wood chunks in water 1 hour.

Combine peanut oil and next 3 ingredients in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; add quail. Seal and chill 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Remove quail from marinade, discarding marinade.

Prepare charcoal fire in smoker; let burn 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain wood chunks and place on coals. Place water pan in smoker; add water to depth of fill line.

Place quail on lower food rack; cover with smoker lid. Smoke 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand 30 minutes.

Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl just until blended.

Pour vegetable oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat oil to 375°.

Hold quails by legs, and dip into batter, coating thoroughly. Fry quail in batches in hot oil 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Toss greens with 1/4 cup Bourbon Dressing; place on individual serving plates. Top each with a quail; divide pear slices and remaining ingredients evenly among salads. Serve with remaining dressing.

March 1999
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