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Picnic Crostini with Roast Beef, Chimichurri, and Quail Egg

Total Time
1 hr

Andrea Slonecker, the Portland-based author of Pretzel Making at Home (Chronicle, April 2013), is an avid picnicker. With some like-minded friends, she formed the Portland Picnic Society, and created this recipe for one of their recent outings. A version of it will appear in her forthcoming book on egg cookery, to be published by Chronicle Books in spring 2014. To prepare this recipe for a picnic, bake the bread ahead of time and let cool; then pack the crostini and the topping separately.

Picnic: Picnic Crostini with Roast Beef, Chimichurri, and Quail Egg (0513)

Photo by Tara Donne
 1 baguette
  About 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  About 1/4 tsp. pepper
  About 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
 1 small shallot, minced
 1 clove garlic, minced
 1/2 teaspoon salt
  Pinch hot red pepper flakes
 10 quail eggs
 3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
 3 tablespoons finely chopped oregano leaves
  About 10 thin slices rare roast beef, preferably freshly sliced
Step 1

Make crostini: Preheat oven to 375°. Slice baguette into ten 1/4-in.-thick slices on the diagonal (save leftover bread for another use). Brush both sides of each slice lightly with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Set slices on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown and crisp, rotating pan halfway through cooking, about 15 minutes total. Let cool.

Step 3

Make topping: Whisk together 1/4 cup oil, vinegar, shallot, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.

Step 4

Crack each quail egg into its own small bowl or cup (puncture the membrane beneath the shell with the tip of a knife). Heat a medium nonstick frying pan over low heat and brush with oil. Slide 5 eggs from bowls into pan, cover pan, and cook until the whites are set but the yolks are bright yellow, about 2 minutes. Transfer cooked eggs to a container lined with wax paper to bring to your picnic. Repeat with remaining 5 eggs.

Step 5

Stir parsley and oregano into shallot mixture just before serving. Set a folded slice of beef on each crostini, drizzle with some sauce, and top with an egg.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 245Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 1.9g10%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 472mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 24g8%

Dietary Fiber 1.3g6%
Protein 14g29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.