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Ortikia me Bamies: Quail with Baby Okra


Quail with Baby Okra

Quail with Baby Okra

N. Gaifyllia

In Greek: ορτύκια με μπάμιες, say: or-TEEK-yah meh BAHM-yes

Quail are popular game birds in Greek cooking, and this delightful recipe combines favorite tastes of tomatoes, onion, garlic, parsley, and baby okra. This recipe is particularly pretty when served due, in large part, to the size of the baby okra and boiler onions.

No quail available? Try this recipe with game hens and adjust cooking time.

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 8 quail, dressed
  • 3 tablespoons + 13 tablespoons olive oil (total 1 cup)
  • 6 boiler onions, peeled
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 1/4 pounds of whole baby okra, trimmed, rinsed, drained
  • 1 rounded tablespoon of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/8 cup of red wine vinegar
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of water


Rinse quail and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a stew pot or dutch oven and brown the quail on all sides. Add the onions (whole), garlic, and tomatoes. Slow boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

In a skillet, fry the okra in remaining olive oil until softened, and add to the pot with the quail. Stir in parsley, vinegar, water, and more salt and pepper to taste. When boil resumes, simmer uncovered for 20 minutes longer, or until quail are done.

Serve hot or warm.

Yield: serves 4

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