Spooky Spiderweb Eggs
Here blueberries are used as a natural dye to create a spooky spiderweb pattern on delicate quail eggs. If you’d prefer, however, you can also black food coloring to create the same effect. Just add enough to turn the water quite dark (the quantity will vary depending on the type of coloring you are using).
- 2 dozen quail eggs
- 1 1/2 cups (6 oz./180 g) frozen blueberries
- Black sea salt for serving
In a large saucepan, arrange the quail eggs in a single layer. Add the blueberries to the pan and add enough water to cover the eggs and blueberries by about 2 inches. Place over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat, cover the pan and let stand 6 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon or skimmer, remove an egg from the pan. Tap the back of a spoon against one side of the egg to crack the shell and transfer the egg to a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Pour the cooking water and blueberries over the eggs. Cover and refrigerate until the eggs are cool, about 4 hours.
When the eggs have cooled, peel the shell from each egg. Arrange the peeled eggs on a platter and serve with the sea salt alongside. Serves 12.
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