Pickled quail’s eggs

Pickled quail’s eggs

By
From
Deep South
Makes
2–3 x 450g jars
Photographer
Andy Sewell

For a time, my grandmother, Christine Robinson, had a country store off the side of Highway 448E in Shaw, Mississippi. In summer, when the store was still open, I would be dropped off at her house, which sat adjacent to the shop, while my father travelled around the State as a highway surveyor. At that age, I was only interested in the candy display, but I can remember the two-gallon jars of pink, pickled oddities that sat next to the cash register, hard-boiled eggs in one and pig’s trotters in the other.

The pig’s feet were much more like a science experiment to me than the eggs, and it would be many years later, and in the neighbouring genre of Mexican cuisine, that I would have the palate to appreciate them, in the dish tostadas de pata. The pickled eggs were too strongly flavoured for me to enjoy at a young age, but now I love them as a snack or lagniappe aside a cocktail. I prefer quail’s eggs because they are smaller and can be eaten in one bite.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
36 quail’s eggs
1 litre cider vinegar
25g salt
20g cayenne pepper
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
3 bay leaves
3 pickled chilli peppers
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon caster sugar
100ml fresh beetroot juice

Method

  1. Bring 2 litres water to a rapid boil. Add the quail’s eggs and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove and cool under running water. When cold, gently peel off the shells.
  2. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 10 minutes, then strain through a fine sieve.
  3. Put the eggs in a sterilised jar, pour the hot pickling liquor over them and seal. Allow the eggs to sit and mellow out with the liquor for at least 24 hours before serving. Serve chilled.
Tags:
American
Southern cooking
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