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?


Now, let’s talk about Athena.

Did you know that my active girl is a quail fan too?

It’s true! She eats the NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail. I call her my daytime life partner because she sleeps near me while I work, and then when we’re both really lucky, we take a daily hike. I chase the wind and a good song on my headphones, and she’s a fierce chaser of squirrels – but she never catches them!

She’s part Husky, (we think) part Basenji, and all-around adventurer. She’s afraid of our cat, but goes to NJ, CT, and Cape Cod with us like it’s nothing. I take her feeding as seriously as I take my own, which is how I discovered NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail while shopping at Target for my weekly family trip.

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail and Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb are both protein-rich, grain-free recipes to satisfy Athena’s cravings. Real U.S. farm-raised turkey is always the #1 ingredient in the Northern Woodlands Recipe, and real U.S. farm-raised beef is always the #1 ingredient in the Open Range Recipe. 30% high-quality protein and 0% grains, glutens or filler. Made for dogs of all sizes!

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Nutrish was created in 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts. Rachael Ray created Nutrish’s super-premium food and treats for dogs inspired by recipes from her own kitchen. In 2014, they were proud to grow into the world of cat food as well.

A portion of proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue® – created to help shelter pets in need. To date, she has donated over $17.5M to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more – to help animals in need. Together we can make a difference for dogs – our best friends and hiking partners!

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My girl:

Now tell me – if you could cook with turkey, duck or quail, which would you choose and why?

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When Your Cat Can’t Get Enough Scratches.

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Let’s talk about cats, cat food, and cat scratching! I’ve put much thought into all three.

I don’t know about you, but my cat could easily be scratched and pet 24/7, if it were up to her. Mostly it IS up to her, but sometimes I have to draw the line – like when I’m editing photos, writing a blog post, or even using FB Live! There are four members of my family, and plenty of scratches to go around, but then I got the idea to build Penny something special. It had to be possible, right? A self-scratching station for a cat? A place of comfort? It turns out – it CAN be done, and it’s easy too!

First, let’s talk about the food that powers my active, cuddly, self-scratching cat!

You all know the story! We got our kitten over Thanksgiving break. Her name is Penny and she was rescued in New Jersey. Since I live in New England and was looking up here for a rescue kitten or cat, with no luck, I decided to take the chance over Thanksgiving break when I was visiting my family for the holiday. Penny was being fostered by a blogger friend and I applied to adopt her and it went through! She is gorgeous, photogenic, over-friendly, and beautiful. She’s white with one blue eye and one green eye. I absolutely love her and only feed her cat food I can feel good about – like Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®.

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® can be found at a wide variety of quality retailers where your family shops already, as well as online at You can buy both wet and dry fat food varieties. I get mine at Walmart in the cat food section.

Penny’s a fan of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Grain Free Wet Food For Cats. She likes that each delicious, wholesome recipe is made with real chicken or seafood. I like that there are never any grains, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives, meat by-products, or fillers. Just essential vitamins, minerals and taurine. Available in these recipes: Chicken & Shrimp Pawttenesca™, Chicken & Salmon Catterole™, Chicken Purrcata®, Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver, Tuna Purrfection™, Ocean Fish-a-licious®, Lip Smackin’ Sardine ‘N Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Chicken Lovers Variety Pack, Ocean Lovers Variety Pack.

There are also are fantastic varieties of Zero Grain Dry Food For Cats. In the Chicken & Potato Recipe, for example, U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient, providing essential nutrients to help support healthy organs and lean muscle mass.

Now let’s talk about DIY self-scratching pads/stations!

We have a carpet square that Penny loves to sleep on that I used as part of the base. You’d want to find a base board (roughly 12×12, if you can), as well as some sort of fabric or carpet to cover the board. It depends on how strong you need your base to be. I find that gluing a carpet square onto a base board is plenty strong and comfortable! Here’s what you will need:

Board (maybe 12×12 although ours is bigger)
Carpet square or fabric of choice patch to cover the board (and be comfy for cat)
Padding (optional)
IMPORTANT: Either two toilet brushes OR long, thing duster if you can find one
Drill and set of drill bits
Staple gun (optional)
Sharp blade
Expanding glue – Guerrilla Glue or hot glue

1. Disassemble the toilet brushes with a wire cutter. Pull out bristles at the end to leave just plain wire. In my case, I had used a long duster, because it’s softer and longer. I still needed wire cutters, to remove the handle.

2. If you are using two toilet brushes, connect them together with a small square of scrap wood and hot glue. Disregard if you’re using a long, thin duster. Shape the duster into an arch to be the self-petting station.

3. If you’re using padding and/or fabric over the base, place it over the wooden board, wrap it, and secure it with a staple gun. I used a carpet because Penny loves this slab, and because she likes to sharpen her claws on it.

4. Drill the holes in the base. Hold the toilet brushes or duster in an arch, and mark where you want the holes to be. Cut away a small hole. Drill the holes, but not all the way through. Fill them with the Guerrilla Glue.

5. Shove the ends of the toilet brushes or duster in! Done!

With the help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish® super-premium food and treats for dogs in 2007 – inspired by recipes from her own kitchen. Nutrish® was excited to grow into the world of cat food in 2014. Just like the human meals and recipes you love to feed your family, these recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-products or fillers. They use real, wholesome, and delicious ingredients for cats.

Rachael Ray’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue – created to help shelter pets in need. To date, she has donated over $14MM, and it has gone towards food, medical supplies, and treatments for unfortunate animals.

For more info about #NutrishCatCrafts, go HERE.
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