Saturday, June 4, 2022

Roasted Quail Sheet Pan Dinner inspired by The Rose Code and the Weekly Menu

Tender quail, roasted to a golden brown, on a sheet pan along with fingerling potatoes and fresh broccoli makes for a delicious and different dinner. Fancy enough to serve to Royalty as it was in The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.

Quail, potatoes and broccoli

Have you ever enjoyed quail?  I had back in 2018 and wasn't crazy about it, however I was open to trying it again.  However I had sourced my quail online....Long story......You can read about it here and had never found it being sold locally.  Imagine my delight when I was at the International Marketplace and found a package of 4 quail in the frozen foods section.

Quail dinner plate with wine

It was kismet.  I was currently listening to a novel set during World War II in England and one of the meals featured in the novel was Roasted Quail and Potatoes served at a royal dinner that one of the protagonists attended.  

Quail sheet pan dinner

I grabbed those quail as soon as I saw them and started researching recipes. This sheet pan dinner that I am sharing with you today is a culmination of those recipes found on the internet.

The Rose Code

I love listening to books while taking my walk each day.  This Historical Fiction was recommended by my Kindle app based on my reading history.  It follows the lives of three women with three very different personalities, backgrounds and interests who all end up working at Bletchley Park in Great Britain during the war, decoding messages sent between the enemies.  

One code is partially broken by Beth. She names this The Rose Code and it shows that there is a traitor in their midst.  Before Beth is able to finish breaking the code she is courtmartialed on trumped up charges and placed into a mental institution where she is scheduled for a lobotomy. 

Beth reaches out to her friends Mab and Oslo for help and that is as much information as you will get from me. If you like historical fiction I think you will enjoy this novel.  If historical fiction is not your genre and you are able to source some quail, try this dinner.  Either way stop back by and let me know what you thought of either or both.

Quail dinner pin

My feelings about the novel:  I love Historical Fiction and I know very little about the other country's involvement other than the fact that they were our allies and they helped our troops who were shot down over there.  It was interesting to me to read about the war from another prospective and to learn what they were doing to stop the lunacy.

My feeling about quail:  They are small.  They are expensive.  I bought a package of 4 quail and roasted them with baby potatoes and broccoli.  Frank and I each had 2 quail and left the table hungry.  They were tasty and I'm glad to say I enjoyed them more than the first time. But in the future?  I'll roast chicken, thank you very much.

I am sharing this post over at Foodies Read. Stop by and see what the other Foodies are reading this month.

I am also sharing what's on the Menu for the upcoming week.  We are hanging out at home today with the Angel Face.  Tomorrow we are attending a birthday celebration for Frank's sister at our daughter Nicole's house.  I am bringing Cowboy Beans and Frank is making the cake featuring his Mom's Buttercream Frosting.  The rest of the week is free....I think most of my time will be spent floating around the pool with my book, weather permitting.

Soup Saturday
Leftover Steak Teriyaki Soup

Sunday-Roz's Birthday Dinner
Cowboy Beans
Birthday Cake

Meatless Monday
Tortellini Primavera

Hot Dogs
Spinach Pesto Pasta Salad

Agnolotti in Butter Sage Sauce

Grilled Pork Chops
Baked Beans
Leftover Pasta Salad

Fish Friday
Sunshine Sushi

Entrees, Sheet Pan Dinner, Poultry,
Yield: 2 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Roasted Quail Sheet Pan Dinner

Roasted Quail Sheet Pan Dinner

Tender quail, roasted to a golden brown, on a sheet pan along with fingerling potatoes and fresh broccoli makes for a delicious and different dinner.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 4 quail
  • 8 small new potatoes
  • 1 crown broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, thickly sliced
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme to taste


  1. Truss the quail by tying the legs with kitchen twine and bringing the twine around the back, raising the legs to the breast and tying the twine to hold in place.
  2. Place the onion slices in the center of a sheet pan.
  3. Combine the olive oil and seasonings in a bowl. Add the potatoes and toss to coat. Place onto the sheet pan on one side of the onions.
  4. Add the broccoli to the bowl. Toss to coat and set aside.
  5. Rub the remaining oil mixture all over the trussed quail and place them on top of the onions.
  6. Roast in a super convection (air fryer setting) oven that has been preheated to the highest setting.
  7. Roast the quail and potatoes for about 12 minutes. Open the oven, rotate the pan and add the broccoli to the empty side. Close oven and roast for another 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender, the quail are nicely browned and the broccoli is crisp tender with charred edges.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)


Sat. Fat (grams)


Carbs (grams)


Fiber (grams)


Net carbs


Sugar (grams)


Protein (grams)


Sodium (milligrams)


Cholesterol (grams)



  1. I used to serve stuffed roasted cornish hens, for a long time I could not find them, cornish hens are back in the stores now also.

    1. Yes, I saw some at the grocers the other day. A blast from the past for me too.

  2. If I could locate some nice little quail, that would be fantastic, and we'd get this dish going pronto. Looks great!


I enjoy getting comments and feedback from my audience. Please let me know what you think, keeping in mind that we are all entitled to our own beliefs and opinions. I am happy to hear yours as long as they are stated nicely.