In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 3 minutes or until wilted. Add the pecans and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the apples and rice. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook for 1 minute. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and reseason. Stir in the bacon and parsley. Let sit for 3 minutes before serving. Serve with the Grilled Quail and Andouille Sausage Ragu.
Yield: 4 servings
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Yield: about 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
Preheat the grill. Season the quail with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and Essence. Grill the quail for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill and set aside. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausage and render for 3 minutes. Add the onions and peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Add the veal reduction and bring the mixture back to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the quail, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. To serve, spoon the Wild Pecan Rice in the center of each plate. Place 2 quails over each pile of rice. Spoon the sauce over the rice and garnish with parsley. Serve with crusty bread.