Baked Quail Egg Bites! These eggs are nestled in layers of phyllo dough, and are topped with bacon, scallions and cheese. This is a perfect breakfast or brunch idea that will impress the whole gang.
And before we dive into the recipe, here are some things to consider and keep in mind for the future.
The Flavor Profile of a Quail Egg:
- Quail eggs taste just like chicken eggs. However, they have a more delicate texture and are richer in flavor, because their yolk to white ratio is larger.
The Number of Quail Eggs It Takes To Equal One Chicken Egg:
- 4 quail eggs
Quail Eggs Are Better Than Chicken Eggs:
- According to the USDA, quail eggs are higher in B12, iron and folate than chicken eggs, and slightly higher in protein and phosphorus. Also, they are higher in fat due to the larger ratio of yolk to white, but most of the fat is monounsaturated (good fat).
The 411 on Preparation and The Right Ingredients For The Job:
- Try them poached, fried, hard-boiled, scrambled or baked. And they pair well with bacon, prosciutto, asparagus, black truffle, crème fraîche, smoked salt, herbs, buttered toast, caviar, smoked salmon, mushrooms, and herbs such as thyme and tarragon.
How to Make The Best Baked Quail Egg Bites:
- Quail Eggs: Using a serrated knife is the only way to successfully get the egg out of the shell. The shells are very delicate so be careful.
- Phyllo Shells: Sometimes the bottom of the shells are bubbled up. If so, gently press down on the shell to slightly break that bubble. This will help prevent the filling from overflowing.
- Scallions/Chives: Either one will work here, but I do prefer the flavor of the chives with the delicate taste of the quail eggs.
- Bacon: One piece of bacon will work to fill the bottom of the shells. Feel free to top the baked eggs with an additional piece as well. My husband loves to do this!
- These egg bites are perfect for breakfast, brunch, Easter, etc.
Baked Quail Egg Bites
- 1 container Fresh All Natural Farm Raised Quail Eggs, 15 count
- 1 box Athens Mini Fillo Shells (Light crispy layers of Phyllo Dough), 15 count
- 1-2 pieces Bacon, cooked and roughly broken up
- 2 Scallions or Chives, diced
- Cheddar Cheese, grated (small amount needed)
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
- Himalayan Pink Salt, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add the phyllo shells to a mini muffin pan. (The mini muffin pan is the perfect size for the shells, and it will help to prevent them from tipping over).
- Divide one piece of bacon among the phyllo shells, top with some grated cheese pieces and set aside.
- With a serrated knife, gently slice off the top of each egg, and pour them into the individual phyllo shells. (Note: cracking the eggs will not work, because they are too delicate).
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until whites are cooked through and yolks begin to thicken, but not cooked hard.
- Top with scallions or chives.
- Optional: top with an additional piece of bacon.
- Serve hot.
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