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Quail With Rose Petals

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Quail with Rose Petals is a fragrant dish. The flavors beautifully balance out each other and what you have is an exquisite dish, teasing you with an afterglow of the rose fragrance.
Ingredients
  Red rose petals 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), loosely packed (Use Organic Variety)
  Anise seeds 2 Tablespoon
  Blanched sliced almonds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm)
  Cactus pears 4
  Rose water 1 Tablespoon
  Honey 3 Tablespoon
  Chicken stock 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Vegetable oil 1 Tablespoon
  Boneless quail 4
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
MAKING
2. In a food processor, grind the rose petals, anise seeds, almonds and garlic to a smooth paste and set aside.
3. In a blender, purée the peeled cactus pear with rose water, honey and chicken stock. Throgh a seive, strain and discard seeds of cactus pear.
4. Heat a small saucepan, combine the rose petals paste with purée, stir continually and gently for five minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Season quails with salt and pepper.
6. Heat a frying pan. Add vegetable oil, add the seasoned quails.
7. Cook quail on one side for 3 to 4 minutes, turn over and continue to cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
8. Keep the sauté pan in oven for 3 more minutes to finish.
9. Take away the quail from the pan and submerge in rose petal sauce to infuse flavors before serving.

SERVING
10. Serve with a mixed green salad and mashed potatoes.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Mexican
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Ingredient: 
Poultry
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
2
Story
This recipe is adapted from a Mexican movie Like Water for Chocolate. The movie shows the lead actress making several divine dishes, but this dish – Quail with Rose Petals, proves to be a turning point in the movie itself. The movie was a bit too intense and I couldn't get over it for a couple of days. But don't let that deter you from watching it; watch and form your own opinions.

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