DEVILLED QUAIL EGG CANAPÉS
12 quail eggs
1 tbsp (15 ml) Dijon mustard
¼ cup (60 ml) mayonnaise or crème fraîche
¼ tsp (1 ml) smoked Spanish paprika
salt and pepper, to taste
1 long English cucumber
trout caviar, for garnish (optional)
fresh dill, for garnish
- In a large bowl, prepare an ice-water bath, set aside.
- Place quail eggs in a medium-sized saucepan and cover with several inches of cold water. Cover saucepan and bring to boil over high heat. Turn off heat, leaving saucepan on element to sit for 2 minutes, covered, stirring several times to ensure even cooking. Use a slotted spoon to transfer eggs to ice-water bath. Let cool completely, about 5 minutes. Peel eggs and place in a bowl. At this point, eggs may be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated until ready to use, up to 6 hours.
- In a small bowl, combine mustard, mayonnaise and paprika.
- Cut eggs in half lengthwise and gently remove yolks to a medium-sized bowl. Mash yolks with fork until smooth. Stir in 2 tbsp (30 ml) mustard mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer mixture to pastry bag fitted with small star tip before piping into empty egg halves.
- Cut cucumber into ½-in (1.25 cm) rounds. Spread a small amount of remaining mustard mixture onto each cucumber round. Place an egg half on top of each before garnishing with trout caviar and a sprig of dill. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.