This is a very simple but delicious recipe that was prepared by my friend Daniel Rodrigues from Caxias do Sul - Brasil - on Sunday, January 27, after I brought a nice bunch of Bob-white quail following a hunt at Bruce, Steve and Mike at Pine Wing Preserve (www.pinewingpreserve.org) in Wetumpka, Alabama.
I will tell about the hunting at a later time, but I would like to share the recipe that feeds ten very hungry people right now!
20 Bob-white quail
2.5 packs of Barilla spaghetti (1 1/4 Kg)
300 grams Bacon
5 cloves of garlic
12 sage leaves
1 sprig basil
Black pepper (if you like it, I don't)
Marinate the quail in the wine, salt, pepper and sage
Cut the bacon in small cubes, fry it and set aside
Fry the onion & garlic and set aside
Seal the quail by frying it in olive oil. After this add the marinade, bacon, onion & garlic and let cook until tender
After the quail is ready, cook the pasta as directed in the pack
Add the pasta to the quail and before serving add the basil and some of the cheese
In the photo above, we served the quail & pasta in the crust of a RAR Gran Formaggio Parmesan wheel that we rescued after a very special celebration. It adds a lot to the presentation, taste and ambiance. We did not have any RAR wine left, and had to make do with other drinks.