Spatchcocked Quail with Pearl Barley

by Brian Turner


Recipe for Spatchcocked Quail with Pearl Barley by well-known TV Chef, Brian Turner.

This recipe was created for and used on the Norfolk episode of A Taste of Britain with our quail, on our farm.


8 small quail, spatchcocked
4 tbsp rapeseed oil
3 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
55g/2oz butter
1 large leek, chopped
200g/7oz pearl barley
500ml/18fl oz chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
dressed salad leaves, to serve

Preparation method

Put the quail into a bowl, sprinkle with the oil and rosemary, cover with cling film and marinate in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a pan, melt the butter. Add the leek and cook gently until soft, without browning. Add the pearl barley and stir to cover with the butter. Add enough stock to cover the barley and bring to the boil.

Keep cooking and adding stock for 25-30 minutes, until the barley is soft and plump but with a little bite. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Preheat a barbecue or heat a grill to high. Thread the quail onto metal skewers and season with salt and pepper. Cook it on the barbecue or under the grill for about five minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

Serve the quail skewers with the pearl barley and salad.


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