food finds: quail eggs

There’s something irresistibly enduring about miniaturized foods that always makes us coming back for more. Take, for example, the miniature version of a hamburger, the mighty slider. I have to admit, I can never eat just one =P And for some reason, the mini croissant at my favorite patisserie in LA, Amandine Cafe, is hands-down far superior in taste than their regular croissant, even though I’m sure they’re made from the same dough. Barilla Pasta has their Piccolini line of mini pasta shapes, and even Pepperidge Farm has miniature versions of their distinctive cookies… the mini Chessmen cookies are so cute, so buttery, and so good =D For those of you out there who think you’re immune to the mini-food craze, just think about all the baby carrots out there you’ve munched on as opposed to their big brother =P

In terms of level of cuteness though, nothing quite beats cracking open a mini quail egg. Their shells are a bit tougher to break through than a regular chicken egg, but inside, you’ll find something much richer and delicate in flavor. And did I already mention, they are oh, so cute!?

The tiny eggs are about 1/4 the size of a regular chicken egg, and their shells are speckled, ranging in color from dark brown to white. I’ve even seen some that are speckled light blue (perfect for Easter!).

Since quail eggs are considered to be a sort of delicacy and a gourmet food, they’re harder to come by and will cost you more than regular chicken eggs. Most of the time, you can find quail eggs at Asian markets and sometimes at specialty food stores. They’re usually sold by the dozen in a small plastic egg carton held together with two staples. I got mine at Nijiya, a Japanese food market, for $1.99.

Quail eggs reputably have more health benefits than regular chicken eggs, but of course, that doesn’t mean you should start swapping out chicken eggs from your diet entirely, as your cholesterol would go up the roof! One quail egg, for sure, has less cholesterol than one chicken egg, but that’s only because a quail egg is so much smaller. Gram-for-gram, though, quail eggs do have more cholesterol… more than twice actually. So, unless you want to ingest more cholesterol than you would from eating one chicken egg, you’ll have to limit yourself to only two quail eggs. FYI, you might find it hard to resist temptation since these tiny, little eggs look so cute and positively yummy on a plate of lamb chops with mint pesto…two chops just isn’t enough! =P Just gotta remember, moderation is key ;)

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