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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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.

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Can You Walk Your Cat?

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As you know, we got a new kitten – Juniper – at the start of summer vacation.

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Her health, safety, and happiness have always been important to me – and I have discussed bonding with her at length with friends, with the rescue adoption counselors, and with our vet. I have never had a young kitten before and especially with this much intention to have her for keeps. We want her to be an indoor cat, and to have a long, safe, healthy life. Her satisfaction and happiness are important for me, especially since I work from home and I’m nearly the sole caregiver for both pets.

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Juniper is five-months-old and it’s been great. She watches the outside world with fascination, but since we live in the woods, there are too many predators in our woods and even in our yard for us to let her out. I had been wondering lately if there was an easier way to take her in public, rather than stuffing her in a crate and hoping for the best. I don’t want her to associate the outside world with just fear (and the vet) but I also hadn’t known how to open her world without putting her in danger. I talked to our vet about ten things to consider before walking a cat on a harness (no collar) and got great tips.

Know your cat! Most kittens can be trained on a harness or leash. Most will appreciate it too, but if you suspect your cat has a history of trouble with the outdoors or leashes, or anything at all that might spook her, that should give you pause first.

Buy your cat a harness, but not a collar. Cats can climb in ways that dogs cat, and a standard collar could hurt your cat, while a breakaway collar could detach. Cats can find their way out of leashes in ways most dog can’t!

Start slow! Baby steps. Dogs are easier in this respect, I think, but the first time we took Juniper out on a harness and leash, she had NO idea what was happening. Her heart was pounding! We just went around the yard, and she calmed.

Expect setbacks. As a cat owner, you probably already know this!

Use treats! Kittens generally do respond to food treats, verbal praise, and affection praise. Do your harness/leash training sessions when your cat is hungry – or if your cat is like mine – that could be all day. Break treats into small pieces.

Get used to putting your harness and leash on your cat INSIDE, and make sure it’s snug and not tight. Once you put the harness on, instantly praise your cat and give him or her a treat. Continue the treats with every new step in the harness.

Once your cat seems comfortable and is walking around in the harness, THEN, step outside the door. Stay close to the front door at first, and then stay close to quieter areas. Outside noises can be so jarring at first. This takes baby steps.

Make sure your cat doesn’t pick up anything in his or her mouth. It can be dangerous.

Coax your kitty farther on each outing, continue the verbal praise and treats, and keep exploring. If it doesn’t work after some time, you can explore other alternatives like cat strollers, or outdoor, enclosed spaces for cats.

Never leave your cat unattended outside.

Juniper was found by our local animal shelter, and she was malnourished, dehydrated, and only one pound when found. They nursed her back to health, and we were lucky to adopt her. One thing I love about her is that people know we have a cat. She doesn’t run away or hide. She explores people, so it’s only natural that I felt she could safely explore the outdoors. When we first got her, I got so much advice about the proper food to feed her. I took it seriously, because her health is a priority. Since I love Stop & Shop so much as is for my family, I was so happy to find a wide range of natural and healthy pet products.

We use Purina Beyond dry and wet foods, for BOTH pets!

I love Stop & Shop for all things for us, so it makes sense to get boy dry and wet food, as well as pet toys and care items.

On Sunday, October 16th, there will be money-saving coupons on Purina Beyond products in your local Sunday newspaper. Here are a few: 1. You can get $2 off any size Beyond Dry cat food. 2. $1 off the Variety Pack of wet cat food – Buy 3, Get 1 Free. 3. You can find $2 off Any Size Beyond Dry cat food. 4. Lastly for Wet Dog Food: Buy 5, Get 1 on any Beyond Ground or In Gravy Canned Products, Buy 1, Get 1 on any Beyond Purees, $1 off Beyond Ground Entrees Variety Pack.

We use Purina Cat Chow Naturals, Beyond Natural Wet Cat Food, Beyond Purees or Beyond Natural Purees, & Purina DentaLife. We use them as *health and wellness aids, and to continue enjoying the benefits of these products.

I try to make smart decisions with Juniper because she means a lot to me. The importance of her happiness through walking outside was key for me to continue that journey. The importance of her *health and wellness maintenance is what makes me purchase selections from Purina, such as Beyond cat and dog food, and DentaLife products as well.

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Now, would you walk your cat outdoors? What do you do to bond with your pet?

*Not to be taken as professional veterinary advice. Please consult your veterinarian for recommendations and practices appropriate for your pet.