This is one of my FAVORITE dishes to make for dinner guests. It’s so incredibly good and is sure to please! La Marechal Emmi Cheese is so amazing with this dish, it really ties it all together. I served this with grilled brussel sprouts, a potato gratin, and homemade bread. The plates were cleaned (except for the bones of course). This is a great special occasion dinner as well. The quail can be hard to find and are a bit on the pricey side, I pay about $ 3-4 per quail and like to serve 2-3 per person. You can always ask your hunter friends 🙂
Cook Time: 20-30 min
Serves: 4 with 2 quail per person
- 8 semi-boneless quail, washed and pat dry.
- 8 slices of bacon, nitrate free please 🙂
- 1 block of La Marechal Emmi Cheese, about 8 oz or so.
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced into 8 long slices
- 2 TBS rendered duck fat, you can buy it here via Marx Foods
- Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper
- 1lb of brussel sprouts, halved
- 1 clove of garlic, minced for brussel sprouts
- 1 TBS butter for brussel sprouts
- 1 lemon, zest on top of sprouts
- Clean quail and stuff with one piece of jalapeno, one chunk of cheese, and wrap with bacon. Repeat until done with all 8.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Gather 2 large skillets. One for quail and one for sprouts, use a griddle if you have one for the sprouts to “grill” them. Bring skillets to medium high then add 2 TBS of duck fat to the quail skillet and 1 TBS of butter and garlic to the sprouts skillet.
- Add quail and sprouts to respective skillets: Cook quail for about 3-4 min on each side and season with salt and pepper lightly. Then transfer to the oven in a shallow baking pan for 5 more min. Do not over cook. Cook sprouts until nice and browned (tossing occasionally), season lightly with salt and pepper. Keep warm in a covered dish.
- Once quail are done in the oven plate your food and serve with a big red like Chocolate Block
OMG, that looks jaw droppingly divine! I shirk away from cooking quail as I think it’s going to be too tricky but you’ve inspired me to try it, thanks 🙂
Thanks! You should definitely try it, they key is to not overcook the birds… 🙂 The bacon helps to prevent that as well. Good luck!
Not sure about the quail, Zesty, but I’ll take the Brussels sprouts — all of them. And the homemade bread, which I can never get enough of.
The spouts are one of my favorites and I agree… bread and I get a long a little tooo well 😉
Wow, that sounds just amazing. And the plate looks great. I’d eat that in no time.
Thanks! There’s just something about quail, bacon, and cheese that makes me smile!
this really looks yummy
Thanks it sure was!
did you ever think of opening a restaurant – there would be a line outside the door that stretches all the way to Oklahoma City!
Oh thanks!!! I would love to have my own restaurant 🙂 maybe one day…one dayyyyyyyy! *sigh
WOW, what a decadent meal! You certainly know how to spoil your guests.
Thanks 🙂 It’s fun to spoil my guests every once in a while!
Talk about putting together an impressive dish for your guests. When can Liz and I come over? 😉
Thanks! Special food for special guest! 🙂 How great would that be…for all of us bloggers to get together for a awesome meal! Oh I would love to attend that!!! Ha, maybe one day right??