Quail hearts with pomegranate and pine nuts

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Quail hearts with pomegranate and pine nuts

  • CourseStarter
  • Preparation45'
  • Difficultymedium
  • Gamequail
  • Calories400 - 500
  • ActivityM 40’ F 54’
  • Persons4


G 300 quail hearts
G 100 labneh (strained yoghurt)
G 50 pine nuts
G 30 chives
mL 30 extra virgin olive oil
mL 150 milk
mL 30 sherry vinegar
mL olorosso vinegar
mL 80 pomegranate molasses
N 1 celeriac
N 1 tbs ground cumin
N 1 tbs ground coriander
N 1 sliced clove of garlic


  • Season the hearts with the ground spices, garlic, olive oil and salt.
  • Peel and cut the celeriac into small cubes. Cook in milk until very soft. Blend the celeriac to make a smooth puree, add the milk if it is too thick. Mix the celeriac and the labneh in equal quantities, adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Cook the pine nuts in butter until golden brown, strain and reserve the butter for cooking.
  • Season the hearts with sea salt. Set a heavy-based pan to high heat. Add ½ tsp of butter and the hearts. Season with salt as the hearts caramelize on one side.
  • Resist the urge to move them around for about 15’’, until they are nicely caramelized.
  • Toss the hearts in the pan to cook on the other side, and cook for a further 20’’. Add the vinegar and toss the hearts again. Allow the vinegar to reduce for a few seconds, then add the sherry and let it reduce for another 5’’. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Add the pomegranate molasses and toss the pan so it coats the hearts. Pour the hearts and sauce into a bowl to stop the cooking.
  • Spoon the puree onto a plate, top with the hearts and sauce. Sprinkle pine nuts on top of the hearts and garnish with finely chopped chives.

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Other Info

Kcal 436*

*For every medium-low speed running activity (8Km/h), the AVERAGE calorie consumption is of approximately 8Kcal x Kg x height, considering an average female weight of 60 Kg and an average male weight of 80 Kg.

This is a beautiful way to introduce friends to the joys of offal. The hearts are a wonderfully intense quail flavour, and a beautiful texture. Those who are at first nervous about eating hearts are often later the biggest proponents of eating them!