12 quail, halved
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Place quail in a ceramic dish. Pour olive oil over and sprinkle with fresh thyme sprigs. Generously salt and pepper. While dish is marinating, prepare grill.
If available, use hickory wood for grilling. Let wood come to high heat, then place quail on grill and cook 6-10 minutes, depending on level of heat.
Alternately, the quail can be baked in a 375-degree oven for 20-25 minutes.