I can't resist quail eggs. In truth, they taste like regular chicken eggs, but there's a special charm to them. Maybe I never escaped the influence of the best gift I ever received as a child, a Deluxe Easy Bake Oven. I still fondly remember the tiny layer cakes and cookies that I baked. So, my attraction to miniature foods makes my heart melt when I see an iitty bitty carton of quail eggs. Just think of the elfish possibilities: Fried or poached eggs and toad's in the hole no bigger than a quarter. Or just boil them and hold your own Cool Hand Luke style egg-eating contest. I boiled the quail eggs you see in the picture, but decided to make deviled eggs with them. Perfect for a party, or able to tempt the most food aversive child, perhaps?
I didn't have any formal recipe for this. A teaspoon of finely chopped onion, some sweet relish, fresh chopped dill, and mayo mixed with the cooked yolks did the trick for me. Use any flavoring you wish, then sit back, eat your eggs and think of different ways to prepare them.
Pickled baby beets and quail eggs. I'm smitten with the idea.
Boiled Quail Eggs
(About 10 calories per egg!)
a sauce pan of water
Add the eggs to the water and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let them sit in the hot water for 4-7 minutes. Plunge eggs into cold water, and peel them while they are still warm.