"Buttonhole" quail eggs

"Buttonhole" quail eggs
This little appetizer consists of a small finger of toast, a slice of cured ham and three quail egg yolks arranged on a rectangle of egg white. It is a bit tricky to make, but very attractive to serve, and delicious, of course.
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Last modified on: June 26th 2011

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For 6 canapés, you will need:

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56 min.3 min.59 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 7 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs
Cut 3 slices bread into rectangles about 5cm x 2.5cm (2 x 1 inches).

Cut 3 slices smoked ham to the same size.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs
Butter both sides of the bread.

Stage 3 - 15 min.
Crack open the 18 quails egg and separate the yolks from the whites.

Note: The action needed to crack quail's eggs is not easy to describe; you might like to watch this short demonstration video.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs
Melt 30 g butter in a small pan over medium heat. When hot, add 1 teaspoon water, then pour in the egg whites.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs
When the whites are cooked, salt and tip onto a chopping board, and cut out rectangles the same size as the pieces of bread.

Cut 3 circles of 1 cm (0.5 inch) diameter out of each rectangle. For this it is best to use the nozzle of a forcing bag of the right size.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs
In the same pan, fry the ham for 1 minute on each side.

Stage 7 - 4 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs
Then fry the slices of bread until golden brown on each side.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs
Turn down the heat under the pan. Arrange a slice of ham on each piece of bread, then a rectangle of egg white. Salt and pepper lightly.

Stage 9 - 10 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs
Finish by placing an egg yolk in each hollow.

This is the tricky moment in the recipe. You need to do this gently so as not to break the egg yolks.

Leave like this on low heat for about 5 minutes to warm the yolks through, but they should not cook.
Everything can be prepared in advance, only the yolks need to be added at the last minute.

You can add a little surprise flavour in the hollow of the whites under the yolks, something strong like a drop of wasabi, a few drops of vinegar, or whatever you can think of.
Just a few minutes.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,217 Kcal or 5,095 Kj270 gr1,724 gr103 gr
61 %104 %163 %16 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
248 Kcal or 1,038 Kj55 gr351 gr21 gr
12 %21 %33 %3 %
Per canapés
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
203 Kcal or 850 Kj45 gr287 gr17 gr
10 %17 %27 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Milk, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 canapés : 4.54 €
  • Per canapés : 0.76 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée), Smart plum tart, Puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée), Gratin-style spinach and chicken omelette , Pistachio shortbread biscuits, ... All
Quail eggQuail egg: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Quail egg canapés, ... All
BreadBread: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pan con tomate, Warm autumn salad, Kérinou slices, Beetroot salad with cashew nuts, Home-made breadcrumb coating, ... All
Smoked hamSmoked ham: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Quail egg canapés, Red rice pannequets, Tagliatelle and courgette spaghetti, carbonara style, Potato galette, Dauphinoise potatoes with Serano ham, ... All
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