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  1. 1 cup 237ml White grapes -

  2. 1/4, to 1/3 cup grape juice

  3. 2 teaspoons 10ml Salt

  4. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Freshly ground black pepper

  5. 1 teaspoon 5ml Dried thyme leaves

  6. 8 Split and flattened

  7. 1/2 cup 99g / 3 1/2oz Unsalted butter - (1 stick)

  8. 1/2 cup 118ml Virginia ham - cut into 2 by 1 Matchsticks

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  1. Recipe Instructions First, make the fresh white grape juice. Crush the cup of grapes in a pestle, then put through a sieve or vegetable mill to extract the juice, or use a potato ricer. Combine the salt, pepper, and thyme, crushing the thyme with your fingertips. Sprinkle both sides of the birds with the seasonings. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat until it foams and just begins to brown. Add the quail, skin-side down. Sprinkle with ham, cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the skin is golden brown. Turn the birds and continue cooking, covered, until the juices run clear, about 4 minutes longer. Take the pan from the heat and let the quail rest, covered, for about 10 minutes. Arrange the quail on a platter and sprinkle the ham from the pan over them. Pour the fat from the pan. Add the grape juice (you can also use water, if you prefer), and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, scraping the browned bits from the bottom to deglaze the pan. Pour over the quail and serve. This southern recipe was created by Edna Lewis for Gage and Tollner, a Brooklyn restaurant. Mrs. Lewis is a lady who's been active at restaurants in North and South Carolina. She grew up in Freetown, Va. and is the author of three cookbooks. From "The Hayward Daily Review"


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