I've never raised quail, but I've had the "wild game" variety plenty of times. You're making me wish I was still "back home", and hunting this fall!
Edited by wombat - 10/3/09 at 10:38pm
Quail has a somewhat more assertive flavor than chicken, but I would say not nearly as strongly flavored as duck. I'd expect that you would like the flavor, unless you are put off by any meat that is not fairly bland. Because it's more strongly flavored than chicken, though, it can stand up well with stronger herbs and spices, a big plus if you like variety in your cooking.
If you've ever had duck and liked it, don't worry about liking quail, you definately will. If duck's too strongly flavored for you, quail may stilll be just right.
I've found that quail goes well with sides like wild rice and mushrooms, or other somewhat strongly flavorful sides ... similar to what you might serve with duck. Like duck, quail can stand up to a good red wine, though you'd probably want a lighter bodied red for quail. I'd call that an advantage over chicken, though, being able to go with a red or a white, depending on how you're cooking it!
You could always buy some quail meat and try it out before raising birds. Since you didn't care for pheasant, this might be a good first step.
Edit: Here's some recipes I found on the Internet:
^^ Never tried this, but we used to put cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and lime on birds and grill them and this was the closest I could find in a couple mins of searching.
Haven't tried these either (haven't had quail in many years), but the crock pot recipe is somewhat like what we used to make in the slow cooker. Different ingredients, same general concept. Downside of the slow cooker recipe is having to smell it cooking for hours before you get to eat it.