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Roasted Quail with Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Stuffing

Prep time 1 hr, 30 mins
Cook time 27 mins
Other time 1 hr, 4 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
This elegant roasted quail gets rich flavor from a nutty cranberry-orange stuffing, orange basting sauce, and cranberry glaze.  

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Stuffing
  • 8 quail, dressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Garnish: orange rind strips

How to Make It

  1. Cook cranberry juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 25 minutes or until sugar melts and mixture thickens. Add cranberries and orange rind; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until cranberries pop. Remove cranberry glaze from heat; let cool.

  2. Stir together orange juice and melted butter.

  3. Spoon about 1/4 cup Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Stuffing into each quail, and tie legs together with string. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; place in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with orange juice mixture.

  4. Bake at 325° for 1 hour, basting quail with orange juice mixture every 15 minutes. Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 3 to 4 minutes or until golden, if necessary. Serve with cranberry glaze. Garnish, if desired min.