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Rich and tasty risotto with a surprisingly easy hint of sophistication from roast quai
Giorgio Locatelli: Quail & Grana Padano risotto with Prosciutto di San Daniele
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Rich and tasty risotto with a surprisingly easy hint of sophistication from roast quai
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: quail risotto
Servings: 4 peoplle
Calories: 1175 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2.5 l good quality chicken stock
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 onion chopped very, very finely
  • 400 g superfino carnaroli rice
  • 125 ml dry white wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 leaves sage fried in a little olive oil
  • 75 g cold butter cut into small dices
  • 100 g finely grated Grana Padano
  • 12 slices of Prosciutto di San Daniele
  • 4 quails
Instructions
To roast the quails:
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°/gas 7.

  2. Lay a sage leaf on the breast of each quail and wrap with a slice of Prosciutto di San Daniele. Tie the quails up with string and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat some olive oil in an ovenproof pan and brown them on all sides. Turn each quail on its back and transfer the pan to the oven.

  4. Roast for about 4 minutes, then take the quails from the pan and leave them to rest in a warm place for about 8-10 minutes (breast downwards, so that the juices keep the breast meat moist).

  5. After soaking in the flavours of the Prosciutto di San Daniele, both the sage leaves and Prosciutto di San Daniele can be removed.

  6. Remove the legs and wings and put them to the side. Then slice each breast into 4 ready to garnish each plate of risotto.

To make the risotto:
  1. Heat the stock with the quail carcasses and bring to a simmer.

  2. Melt the butter in a heavy-based pan and add the onions. Cook gently for approximately 5 minutes until softened, but not coloured.

  3. Add the rice and stir ensuring that all is coated in the butter to ‘toast’ the grains. Once the rice is evenly coated and hot, add the wine.

  4. As soon as the wine has evaporated, start to add the stock a ladle or two at a time, continuing to stir thoroughly. When each addition of stock has almost evaporated, add the next ladle.

  5. While the risotto is cooking, deglaze the quails’ roasting pan by putting the pan on the hob, pouring in the wine and allowing it to bubble. Scrape the bits from the bottom of the pan, until the wine and juices reduce.

  6. After around 9-10 minutes, pick the meat off the legs and wings of the quail add along with the wine juices from the roasting pan into the rice. Carry on cooking for about 7-8 minutes, letting the rice absorb the juices, and adding stock if necessary.

  7. Turn down the heat and allow the risotto to rest for a minute, and then vigorously beat in the cold, diced butter and finally the Grana Padano.

  8. Season to taste and garnish with the fried sage leaves and 2 x slices of quail breasts, serve with slices of Prosciutto di San Daniele on the side. 

Nutrition Facts
Giorgio Locatelli: Quail & Grana Padano risotto with Prosciutto di San Daniele
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1175 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 83%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 1609mg 67%
Potassium 1092mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 106g 35%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 54g 108%
Vitamin A 25.6%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 37.9%
Iron 38.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.