Hummus with grilled quail, pomegranate molasses and parsley salsa

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2 tbsp olive oil

1½ tsp ground allspice

1½ tbsp pomegranate molasses, plus ½ tbsp to serve

1½ tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp lemon zest

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 tsp maple syrup

2 thyme sprigs

Flaked sea salt and black pepper

4 quail (1kg), breasts taken off thebone, legs and thighs cut off in one piece

For the parsley salsa

10g parsley leaves, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

2 tbsp olive oil

1 lemon – zest finely grated, to get ½ tbsp, then juiced, to get 1 tbsp

For the hummus

300g freshly cooked chickpeas (click here for recipe)

½ garlic clove, peeled and crushed

1 lemon – zest finely grated, to get 2 tsp, and juiced, to get 1 tbsp

1 tbsp olive oil

100g Greek-style yoghurt

Flaked sea salt and black pepper

There’s a bit of work involved here, but this is a glorious dish to delight any hummus lover. Separating the quail into breasts and legs is a little tricky, so ask your butcher to do it if you’re unsure (use the carcasses for stock or gravy). Another option is to use boneless chicken thighs, and adjust the cooking time according to their size. You’ll need four long metal skewers (or wooden skewers soaked in water for 10 minutes).

Prep 5 min
Marinate 2 hr
Cook 40 min
Serves 4


Mix the first eight ingredients in a large container with a teaspoon and a half of flaked salt and plenty of pepper.

Put the quail in the marinade, mix everything together, then leave to marinate for two hours at room temperature (or in the fridge overnight). Thread two breasts and two legs/thighs on to each skewer. Discard the thyme.

Mix all the salsa ingredients with a generous pinch of flaked salt and a good grind of pepper.

Put two thirds of the chickpeas in a food processor with the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, 80g yoghurt and a quarter-teaspoon of flaked salt, and blitz smooth. Transfer to a saucepan and set aside.

Heat a griddle pan on a high heat until very hot. Lay in the skewers skin side down and grill for five minutes on each side, until crisp and golden brown, then leave to rest for five minutes.

Put the pan of chickpeas on a medium-high heat with the remaining 100g whole chickpeas and gently heat for a few minutes, until warm. Transfer to a platter with a lip and stir in the remaining 20g yoghurt, so you have streaks of yoghurt through the chickpeas.

Arrange the quail skewers on top of the hummus. Spoon on the salsa, finish with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses and serve.


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  • Poultry delicious lunch
    (27/01/2019) my son and his girlfriend made this for us, substituting chicken for the quail; was utterly delicious! Complete with peeled chick peas!!! Pudding was the thyme and honey cheesecake; perfect!!