Barbecue Quail with Garlicky Green Beans

Barbecue Quail with Garlicky Green Beans

Barbecue Quail with Garlicky Green Beans is a flavorful and exquisite dish that combines the rich, smoky taste of barbecued quail with the fresh and zesty bite of garlicky green beans. This delightful meal is perfect for special occasions or a gourmet dinner at home. The quail is marinated in a savory barbecue sauce, then grilled to perfection, while the green beans are sautéed with garlic and a touch of lemon juice to enhance their natural flavors.


###For the Barbecue Quail:
– 4 quail, cleaned and prepared
– 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice

###For the Garlicky Green Beans:
– 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
– Juice of one lemon
– Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


###To Prepare the Barbecue Quail:
1. In a medium bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, minced garlic, olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice. Mix well.
2. Place the quail in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them. Ensure each quail is well coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight for best flavor.
3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Remove quail from the marinade and discard any excess marinade.
4. Grill the quail for about 4-6 minutes per side, or until fully cooked and juices run clear. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).
5. Remove the quail from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

###To Prepare the Garlicky Green Beans:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for 3-4 minutes, until they are bright green and just tender. Drain and immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain again and set aside.
2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, until fragrant but not browned.
3. Add the green beans to the skillet and toss to coat them in the garlicky oil. Season with salt, red pepper flakes, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
4. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the green beans, toss again, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the green beans are heated through and infused with the flavors.
5. Serve the garlicky green beans alongside the barbecued quail.

Enjoy your Barbecue Quail with Garlicky Green Beans! This dish pairs well with a side of roasted potatoes or a fresh garden salad.