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.


  • 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


  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

Awesome, right?


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Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Cheese Bombs

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Can we please talk about bacon for a second?

I know there is a bacon craze, although I believe it’s a timeless one. I know that people will wrap anything up with bacon. I’m guilty of it myself! I wrap asparagus in bacon! And love it. There’s something to be said, though, about wrapping the kinds of food in sweet, smoky bacon – that already seem meant to be paired with bacon. It’s like chocolate and peanut butter. It’s like peanut butter and jelly. When you think of bacon, what do you think about? Personally, I think about breakfast potatoes.

Or lunch potatoes. Dinner potatoes. Snack potatoes. Just potatoes!


So to reiterate, when I think of bacon, I think it goes well with potatoes. When I think about PARTIES, I think they go well with potatoes too. Bacon and potatoes. There are so many Game Days coming up, right? There’s a pretty big one coming up and it’s pretty much what warms my heart during the mid-late winter time in New England. Food, parties, togetherness.

What’s not to like?


It was around Thanksgiving time when my mom and I discovered a little treasure trove for party planning – Dollar General. We had fun looking at foods, drinks, and even plates and napkins. Now that the holiday season is over, I love that there are still reasons to party – we need to get all our game day needs! I think you probably know by now that if you’re planning a party, for any reason, Coca-Cola and Coke Zero are beverages to serve on game day. I get them right at Dollar General.




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This offer is valid until 2/19.

And now, for the recipe! It’s really easy. We made it last year for a New Year’s Eve party, and they didn’t last long! They’re best served hot. Variations are always welcome. The first time we made them, we cut the bacon in half length-wise and width-wise. This made it so we had more potato, and less bacon. This time, I covered the tots completely with the bacon. And I used cheese chunks last time, broke open the tots, and then put them back together with cheese in them. This time, I sliced the cheese thin to wrap around the tot. Then I wrapped the bacon around the cheese around the potato. Get it?

They get SO sizzly and cheesy.

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Cheese Bombs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Cheese Bombs


  • 2 cups tater tots - thawed to room temperature
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese - cut into large and flat slices
  • 4 bacon slices - quartered
  • Seasonings of salt, pepper, or parsley flakes - optional


  1. Set oven to 400 F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Half or quarter the bacon slices
  4. Wrap a tater tot with the slice of cheese
  5. Roll the cheese-wrapped tater tot up with bacon
  6. Repeat several times
  7. Place into oven and bake for 25 minutes, stopping to turn the tots over halfway through - with metal tongs or something similar
  8. Serve right away


I personally would double or triple this recipe if you're expecting a lot of company. They go fast! You can also use toothpicks to hold them together, or to put them on skewers. I can't believe how easy this recipe is, and so delicious!

And then that’s it! What do you think? Would you eat them with cheese inside the tot, or wrapped around it and attached to bacon? Would you eat them with your fingers or with toothpicks? It sure is anything goes! Des LOVES them with a toothpick.

tater tot

Which Coca-Cola product is your favorite? Check out inspiration for your own game day party HERE!