Roasted Quail (Codorniz Assada)

Codorniz Assada, or Roasted Quail, is a very traditional delicacy in Portuguese cuisine. Quail is a bit more gamey than most meats with a unique and flavorful taste. This dish is quite simple and easy to make and combines the unique flavor of quail with some roasted potatoes and typical Portuguese seasonings. It is a dish that is uniquely Portuguese and always sure to impress no matter the occasion.

2 quails, chopped into halves
8 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound potatoes, deskinned
1/2 cup Portuguese white wine
1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
1 bay leaf

1) Chop the quails in half along the spine.
2) Season the quails in a bowl with the salt and pepper to taste, garlic, olive oil, paprika, white wine, and the bay leaf. Let it marinate covered for about 2-3 hours.
3) Once the quail is done marinating, preheat the oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit.
4) In a greased baking dish, place the potatoes and cover with the quail and the marinade from the bowl.
5) Cook the quail in the oven for about 35-40 minutes, until it is well browned on the outside.
6) Once it is done, remove from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
7) Cover with the chopped parsley and serve.

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