Stuffed Peppers with Quail Egg

Japanese people like egg, quail egg as well as chicken egg.

Per-capita egg consumption of the year 2013, according to the International Egg Commission (IEC)
Top 5 :  Mexico with 347 eggs,  Malaysia with 331.45,  Japan with 329, China with 300, USA with 251.

Most common egg is of chicken.  Also quail egg is popular and you can buy them at supermarket easily.  It is sold by 1 pack 10 pieces at around 100 JPY.

Quail egg
Quails produce eggs with brown-spotted eggshells.  Why?

 

The default color of eggshell is white ofcalcium carbonate, but it is colored into red and brown as a ground color or as spotting by protoporphyrin before producing eggs a 1-2 hours ago.  The ground color of chicken eggshell (white or brown) is also dependent on protoporphyrin.

Uzura no tamago, Quail egg
Uzura no tamago, Quail egg
Uzura no tamago, Quail egg

Stuffed pepper with boiled quail egg is one of my favorite recipe with.
It will be good as a main dish and also as a side dish.  And it is best suited to Bento lunch box.

Cooking of Stuffed Peppers with Quail Egg
Cooking of Stuffed Peppers with Quail Egg
Cooking of Stuffed Peppers with Quail Egg
Cooking of Stuffed Peppers with Quail Egg

For 12 pieces of stuffed peppers,

  1. Cut peppers (6 pieces) in half lengthwise, and remove seeds.
  2. Cook quail eggs (6 pieces) in boiling water.  Peel them and cut in half lengthwise.
  3. Make stuffing
    Chop onion (1/4 medium size) and fry them in a pan with oil and a little salt.
    Mix fried onion with ground meat (200g), paprika powder (1/3 tbs), a little salt and black pepper.
  4. Stuff peppers with above mixture, and put eggs on them.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes at 200 degrees.

Stuffed Peppers with Quail Egg

Dipping sauce, a la Japanese okazu.  (Okazu is a Japanese word meaning a side dish to accompany rice.)

  1. Put soy sauce (2 tbs), Japanese Worcestershire sauce (2 tbs), ketchup (2tbs) in a pan.
  2. Stir until thickened at low heat.
  3. Add sour cream last, in your preference.

 

Itadakimasu!

Stuffed Peppers with Quail Egg

・Uzura
is quail. 鶉(うずら) literally “thickset bird”  *Quail egg is called “Uzura no tamago”.