"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

For 6 canapés, you will need:

Change those ingredients for: 2 canapés 3 canapés 6 canapés 12 canapés 18 canapés

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
56 min.3 min.59 min.
Keeping: Just a few minutes.
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Stage 1 - 7 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs : Photo of step #1
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 : Photo of step #2
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 : Photo of step #4
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 : Photo of step #5
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 : Photo of step #6
In the same pan, fry the ham for 1 minute on each side.

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

Stage 8 - 5 min.
"Buttonhole" quail eggs : Photo of step #8
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 : Photo of step #9
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.

Remarks

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.

Nutritional information

% 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).

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Source

Home made.

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