Grilled Quail with Goji Berries and Pine Nuts
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tbsps sugar
- 2 tbsps low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- 3 tbsps goji berries
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 8 semiboneless quail
- Vegetable oil, for brushing
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Cilantro leaves, for garnish
In a saucepan, bring the water, sugar, soy sauce and five-spice powder to a simmer. Add the goji berries. Let stand, off the heat, until the berries are plumped, 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the quail with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the quail over high heat, turning once, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the quail to plates, breast sides up. Using a slotted spoon, remove the goji berries from their liquid and scatter them over the quail. Garnish with the pine nuts and cilantro, drizzle lightly with the goji liquid and serve.
Pair with 2017 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir.