A Delicate Delight: Puff Pastry Basket with Quail Egg

Embark on a culinary journey as we explore the delicate and delightful flavors of Puff Pastry Basket with Quail Egg. This dish, a charming blend of flaky puff pastry, tender quail egg, and a hint of fresh herbs, is a testament to the artistry that can be achieved in the realm of gourmet cooking.

Puff Pastry Basket with Quail Egg Recipe

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This delicious recipe remind us of a warm nest holding its egg. The mixing of the ingredients gives a great flavor to the dish, enhanced and exalted by the strong taste of the turnip greens, a vegetable which is largely used in the south italian cooking tradition.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 1234 kcal


  • 1 oven


  • 1 roll of square puff pastry
  • 6 quail eggs
  • Turnip greens to taste you can replace with spinach, herbs, kale
  • Stracciatella or Burrata cheese you can replace with mozzarella mixed with fresh cream but also with grated parmesan
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Pepper to taste
  • Marjoram to taste
  • Optional Ingredients
  • Garlic - Oil - Chili pepper
  • Cooking tools
  • 2 pastry rings size 8 cm and 6 cm


  • Clean and wash the turnip greens, using only the most tender leaves; cook them into boiling salted water until they get soft. Drain them well and squeeze lightly once they get cold. If you want to flavor them, you can sauté some garlic with a little oil and chili pepper (fresh or dry) for a few minutes, then add the turnip greens.
  • Turn the oven on at 180°C.
  • Unroll the puff pastry, cut it into 12 circles with the 8 cm pastry cutter (image 1). Take the smaller pastry cutter and cut 6 circles: you will get rings (image 2).
  • Brush the 6 larger circles with the mixed egg yolk, place the rings on the top of them (one ring for each circle) and brush them again with the yolk.
  • If you want to get taller baskets, use the leftover puff pastry, roll it out with a rolling pin and make some other rings to place on top of the previous ones (from 3 to 5 rings max).
  • Bake for 10/15 minutes until the pastry is swollen and golden, remove from the oven and let it cool. Take the baskets and start preparing for the filling: if the bottom has swollen too much, you can detach the upper part of the pastry with a sharp knife in order to have more space: be careful not to punch the thin sheet that forms the base, otherwise you will not be able to use the basket anymore.
  • Start filling the baskets by placing the turnip greens underneath, then the stracciatella cheese cut into small pieces. At this point add the quail egg very carefully on the top: don’t worry if it is not right in the center, they will be equally beautiful and good.
  • Tip: do not fill the basket to the edge of it or the egg will slip away.
  • Put the baskets back in the oven for another 10 minutes, checking that the white has solidified. Serve with ground pepper and marjoram leaves or oregano, chives are also very good.


Keyword eggs, puff pastry

Puff Pastry Basket with Quail Egg using an air fryer

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The dish Puff Pastry Basket with Quail Egg is a delightful fusion of flaky pastry, tender quail egg, and a hint of fresh herbs. Here’s how you could prepare it using an air fryer:

  • Start by preparing the puff pastry. Cut each sheet into squares that are large enough to form a basket in your muffin tin.
  • Gently press each puff pastry square into the muffin tin, creating a basket shape. Ensure the pastry covers the sides of the tin to form a deep well for the egg.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once preheated, place the muffin tin with the puff pastry baskets in the air fryer. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.
  • Carefully remove the tin from the air fryer. If the center of the baskets has puffed up, gently press it down to create space for the egg.
  • Crack a quail egg into each puff pastry basket. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Return the tin to the air fryer and cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.
  • Carefully remove the puff pastry baskets from the muffin tin. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.
  • To serve, place the Puff Pastry Basket with Quail Egg on a plate and enjoy this unique and delicious dish!

About Puff Pastry Basket with Quail Egg

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Puff Pastry Basket with Quail Egg is a dish that combines elegance with simplicity. The puff pastry, baked to golden perfection, forms a crisp basket that cradles the soft quail egg. The addition of fresh herbs adds a touch of freshness, making this dish a delightful experience for the senses.

Cooking Tips

  • Use high-quality puff pastry for the best results.
  • Bake the puff pastry until it’s golden brown to ensure a crisp texture.
  • Cook the quail eggs to your preferred level of doneness.
  • Season the quail eggs lightly to enhance their delicate flavor.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs for added color and freshness.

Serving Suggestions

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  • Serve the puff pastry baskets as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre at a dinner party.
  • Pair them with a glass of sparkling wine for a sophisticated touch.
  • Accompany them with a fresh green salad for a light and balanced meal.
  • Top the baskets with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream for added creaminess.
  • For a vegetarian version, replace the quail egg with a small portion of sauteed mushrooms.


  • Can I use other types of pastry for this recipe? Puff pastry is preferred for its light and flaky texture.
  • Can I use chicken eggs instead of quail eggs? Yes, but quail eggs add a unique flavor and presentation to the dish.
  • Can I make the puff pastry baskets ahead of time? Yes, they can be baked a day in advance and filled just before serving.
  • How long can I store the leftover baskets? They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Can I freeze the puff pastry baskets? Yes, but the texture might change upon reheating.

Puff Pastry Basket with Quail Egg is more than just a dish; it’s a culinary creation that delights the senses. Its elegant presentation and delicate flavors make it a memorable treat that leaves a lasting impression. So why wait? Dive into the world of gourmet cooking and let your culinary creativity shine!

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