Dish: second course
Time: prep 30′ + cooking time 30′
2 handfuls white grapes
½ cup Futura12
½ tsp dried thyme or herbs
a handful fresh cilantro chopped
1 tbsp unsalted butter
a tiny pinch of caster sugar
STEP 1: Transfer the quail legs, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the dried herbs to a mixing bowl. Season with pepper and salt. Stir the quail legs well until they are coated on all sides with the seasoned olive oil. Put the bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes to marinate.
STEP 2: Pour a good splash of olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and place it over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the quail legs. Fry the legs on one side for 4 to 5 minutes until golden. Then turn them over and lower the heat. Bake the legs for another 4 to 5 minutes.
STEP 3: Transfer them to a clean plate. Don’t wipe the pan clean but leave the flavourful oil and browned bits in it for the sauce. Add a fresh splash of olive oil to the pan together with the grapes (deseed them first if necessary). Season with a pinch of pepper, salt and a tiny pinch of garlic powder.
STEP 4: Stir the grapes and let them simmer in the Futura12 for about 5 minutes until the grappa has reduced by half. Then add the unsalted butter to the pan together with the chopped cilantro and the caster sugar. Stir well. Check the seasoning and add extra pepper, salt or sugar to taste.
STEP 5: Add the baked quail legs back to the pan and take it off the heat. Let the legs warm through in the sauce for another 3 to 4 minutes. Then scoop the quail with grapes onto deep plates. Drizzle with the remaining sauce. Serve hot.