Roasted Quail with Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Stuffing

Roasted Quail with Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Stuffing Recipe
This elegant roasted quail gets rich flavor from a nutty cranberry-orange stuffing, orange basting sauce, and cranberry glaze.  


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
Cook: 27 Minutes
Other: 1 Hour, 4 Minutes


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
8 quail, dressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Garnish: orange rind strips


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.

Stir together orange juice and melted butter.

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.

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.

Caroline Stuart, New York City, New York,

Southern Living

November 2001
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