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What to do with Quail eggs!

I have a flock of very cute Chinese painted quail (or button quail) and they are obviously very happy because they lay lots of eggs! They are just like chickens in that they can lay an egg every day or so and you can tell who laid which egg from the individual markings on them - just like a chook egg!

But as cute as they are, they are not as practical as a chook egg. A couple of fried quail eggs on toast is great for the littles but the husband isn't so rapt with his dozen fried fairy eggs on toast!

I'm not about to give up the quails and they aren't about to stop laying so over time I have come up with some good ideas for using quail eggs that highlights their uniqueness rather than just adding four or five quail eggs to a recipe to replace one chook egg.

Here's what I do...

Scotched eggs - bite sized version of the normal version. Hard boil the quails eggs, peel, wrap in sausage meat and bake until cooked. Cut a few in half so your guests realise they're not eating meat balls!

Dukka covered quail eggs are quite fun too. These make a good addition to the grazing type platters. Again hard boiled the eggs, brush with olive oil and roll in the dukka. Make a yogurt based Middle Eastern dip too if you like!

Hard boiled quail eggs on top of a salad are a fantastic conversation starter, whole or cut in half!

Tiny devilled eggs are fiddly to make... But very cute on the plate.

In a Buddah bowl,  hard boiled quail eggs are an adorable addition.

Cherry tomatoes, whole hard boiled quail eggs and basil with some balsamic dressing - yum!

Pickled eggs are a great way to store eggs no matter what size and Soy sauce eggs, a quicker variation on this idea, make a great snack - large or small!

Tea eggs - where you crack the shells of a hard boiled egg to a crazed pattern and then steep in
1/2 cup soy sauce, 3 cups water, 4 star anise pods, 3 black tea bags and a strip of orange peel for one hour. Drain and peel. The outside will have a yummy "tie dyed" effect.

Quail eggs make a great mini pizza topping when you crack them over the top of a bacon and egg pizza so their small size can be exclaimed over when they come out of the oven.

You can do the same thing with mini ham, spinach and egg quiches. Make the quiches as normal with chook eggs but crack the quail egg on the top of the mini quiches just before they go into the oven and surprise your family with the mini egg on the top.
Tiny egg in a hole - you'll need to cut out bits of toast with a cookie cutter and then cut a mini hole in that. Fiddly but kids love 'em!

Mini mini baked eggs. If I do this I use the eggs as a garnish, rather like the quiches above than as the main part of the dish. Use your favourite baked egg recipe but mix the chook egg up rather than leave it with a whole yolk, then just before it ready to go into the oven, crack a couple of quail eggs on the top for visual interest!

Hard boiled quail eggs are great on top of a pasta either in halves or whole too.

Mini fried eggs - just because you can!

If you're a crafty person - you can blow the eggs and use them in all sorts of crafty ways!

Do you have quail? What do you do with the eggs? Let me know in the comments, I'm always keen to find new egg ideas. We have a lot of quail eggs in this house!

Score card:
Green-ness: 5/5 for finding uses for a product you produce.
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for not having to spend $ on fancy ingredients from the shops!
Time cost: Quail eggs cook much quicker than chook eggs, you'll learn to time it!
Skill level: Basic hard boiled or fried egg skills!
Fun-ness: Lots of fun and a wonderful conversation starter!


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