Serrano Ham Cones with Migas and Quail Eggs

Yields 8 portions

Ingredient Amount
Serrano ham, 8-1/16-inch thick slices 5.5 oz.
Olive oil, extra virgin 3 Tbsp.
Bread, country style, crumbled, crusts removed 2 1/3 cups
Serrano ham, diced 1 ½ oz.
Garlic clove, minced 1 tsp.
Quail eggs 8 ea.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wrap the ham around 4 -1/2–inch cream horn cones or cone molds, overlapping the edges by about 1/2–inch and leaving some of the ham extending about 1 inch beyond the length of the mold. Place the cones seam side down on a cooling rack and bake until the ham is crisp, about 15 minutes. Pull the cooling racks out of the oven, cool to room temperature, then remove the molds. Handle the crisp edges carefully to avoid breaking them.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the breadcrumbs and diced ham. Continue to stir until the breadcrumbs begin to crisp and the garlic begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Fill the cones with 1to 2 tablespoons of the breadcrumb mixture and transfer to a serving platter. When all of the cones are filled, spoon 1 tablespoon of the remaining filling on the platter at the mouth of each cone. Hold in a warm oven while preparing the eggs (but for no longer than 5 to 10 minutes).
  4. Bring a small saucepan of water to a simmer over medium-high heat and add the quail eggs. Simmer for 1 minute, remove from the heat, and rinse briefly under cold water until the eggs are no longer hot but still warm. Break open each egg over a cone, letting the yolk run out over a cone, letting the yolk run out over the filling. Serve warm.

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Recipe credit: Joaquín Felipe, as presented at the Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival. Published with permission of the author. All rights reserved. Presented at Kitchen Workshop VI on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006.

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