The Only Bacon-Wrapped Quail Recipe You’ll Ever Need

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What else can I say except quail? Quail. I did not see it coming.

Who knew that buying quail meat would be one of the most colorful experiences of my life? We were having guests over for a special occasion – after they had been through an ordeal – and we wanted to make something comforting yet fancy. Familiar yet exotic. So then I wound up at one of the most interesting meat shops in the world with a half dozen employees helping me and giving me cooking advice. It was awesome. And how did it turn out in the long run? Or rather, short run. Let me show you.

Quail cooks quickly because it’s so small, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require some love. I sprinkled mine with salt and pepper, and brushed a garlic butter on it before cooking. Through trial and error and a lot of help from my various friends from the best meat store ever, I learned the best cooking procedures. What made it fantastic was the high flavor and the ease of cooking. I honestly impressed myself, and I swear I don’t impress myself that often! When I do, I can admit it though!

I paired my quail with Cassidy’s beet and pear salad (so good) and wild rice.

So what do you think? Are you ready to try it out?

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Bacon-Wrapped, Spice-Rubbed Quail

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Bacon-Wrapped, Spice-Rubbed Quail

With game recipes gaining in popularity, this recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. For a special note, pay attention to the timing of covering and uncovering the roast pan, so that the bacon is evenly cooked.

Ingredients

  • 4 quail, dressed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 bacon slices
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Combine melted butter, garlic powder, onion powder and dried parsley and set aside
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the quail
  4. Wrap each one in 1 (or 2) bacon slices
  5. Place them breast side down in a roasting pan
  6. Brush with garlic butter
  7. Bake for 10 minutes uncovered
  8. Reduce heat to 325 and cover pan
  9. Bake for 40 minutes
  10. Uncover, and bake for another 5 minutes to evenly cook bacon
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Awesome, right?

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About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Comments

The Only Bacon-Wrapped Quail Recipe You’ll Ever Need — 20 Comments

  1. Can you believe I have never had quail? But wrapping it in bacon is ingenious and may just have to have it now, because of this! Seriously, anything wrapped in bacon is just better 🙂

    • I never had either! It totally seems exotic to me, and sure enough, it was found in our butcher in the “wild game” section. That tells you something!

  2. I’ve never had quail before. Never. I don’t even know where I’d even purchase it to be honest! I’ve never seen it in the store! But that looks really good! And really simple to make.
    And oh that Athena. She’s just the sweetest. I love that money is going to help rescue pets. That is a wonderful thing indeed!

    • Honestly, I didn’t either! I had to go way out of town, although we have an exotic meat store IN town that I forgot about. So look for an exotic meat store, should you ever need quail!!

    • It was so interesting! My husband came home and his jaw dropped to the floor because he couldn’t believe that I had made it. I used to be afraid of ground chicken! Oh, how we grow..

    • Really, Lana!? I should have asked you for help for a recipe! Also, I can’t believe you can hunt quail. He must have true aim because they’re tiny!

  3. I have actually never eaten quail but I’ve had cornish hens, numerous times. It kinda reminds me of that. I have heard great things of Rachel Ray’s dog food but have tried them in the past. Maybe when my dogs tire of their current food, I might give this a try. BTW I’m loving that some of the proceeds goes to help shelter pets in need, we need to take care of our displaced pets and find them loving homes.

    • When I was looking for quail, I found cornish hens instead! It was tempting.
      Athena had a recent vet visit and she was tired of food, so we bought a few new ones to try.

  4. BAH H AH AH AHA HA HA HA! I cant get over the quail right now. It’s hysterical to me for some reason. It looks like he’s straight chillin’ rockin’ the latest thick-belt fashion trend. BAH HA HA HA! It’s the friggin’ best thing ever! 😉 That being said, I have never had quail before. Ever. Crazy for me cause this girl loves her meat – AS YOU KNOW 😉

  5. I was intrigued when I saw your post on Facebook about quail, because I have never eaten or cooked quail before, but bacon…. Yum! That puppy of yours is too cute!

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