Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Quail is a Texas style tailgating tradition that is perfect with wine while watching the big game.
It’s Fall Y’all! You know what that means! It’s time for football and tailgating! To help you get ready for the big game the Sunday Supper Family has partnered with Gallo Family Vineyards to bring you some fantastic foods that pair wonderfully with Pinot Noir, and are great for tailgating and watching football.
When it comes to college football, there are some huge rivalries in our family. My husband and I went to opposing schools, and when we get together with our extended family for tailgating, or “home gating” in most cases, we cheer for each other’s team whenever they are not directly playing each other. But if they are playing each other, watch out!! Things can get very loud and heated. It has made for some very uncomfortable Thanksgivings in the past. However, now our teams generally don’t play anymore on Thanksgiving, so now we have peace in the family again for the holidays.
We also have some fantastic food when we get together to watch football. Last time I told you about the Mango Habanero Shrimp Flatbread that my sisters and I made inside the kitchen. This time, I’m sharing a recipe that the guys made outside on the grill called Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Quail.
What is even better than these grilled appetizers? Serving the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Quail with the Gallo Family Vineyard’s White Zinfindel. The mini bottles are perfect for tailgating. The White Zinfandel pairs well with the quail with its crisp bright fruit flavors, including fresh strawberry and hints of white peach.
Our friend had given us some quail, and the guys decided that the quail needed some cheese, jalapeños, and bacon. You won’t get any argument from me. It sounds like a fabulous flavor combination. For a less spicy version, green bell peppers can be substituted for the jalapeños.
For the quail, start with skinless quail. Sprinkle the quail with salt and pepper. Slice a block of cheddar cheese into 1/8 inch slices. Slice 6 jalapeños lengthwise, and remove seeds. If you prefer a lot of heat, you could leave the seeds in. If you don’t like spicy foods, you could use green bell peppers instead.
Then just a little assembly is required. Place a slice of cheese on top. Top with a jalapeño slice (or a slice of green bell pepper) and then wrap the quail cheese and jalapeño with one slice of bacon, and secure with a toothpick.
Preheat the grill to medium heat. Place the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Quail on the grill and cook for 10 minutes. Turn and cook for another 5 minutes. Brush with melted butter and cook for 3 more minutes.
Be sure to serve with some chilled Gallo Family Vineyards White Zinfindel.
To learn more about Gallo Family Vineyards’ wines and recipe pairing ideas for the Labor Day holiday, be sure to visit their web site and locate a store near you or look through their GFV Tailgating Blog Post. Stay informed about new products, recipes and wine pairing ideas by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Quail #SundaySupper
- 12 skinless quail
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 ounce block cheddar cheese sliced into 1/8" slices
- 6 jalapeños stems removed, halved lengthwise, and deseeded
- 12 slices bacon
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- Preheat grill to medium heat.
- Sprinkle quail with salt and pepper on all sides.
- Place a slice of cheese on top of each quail.
- Top with a slice or half of a jalapeño.
- Wrap the quail, cheese, and jalapeño with the bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Place the quail on the grill and cook for 10 minutes.
- Turn and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Brush with melted butter and cook for 3 minutes more.
- Remove from grill and serve hot.
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
Cynthia @ Whole Food | Real Families says
LOVE this recipe! Not being from Texas, this is new for me. It might be a tradition that needs to move over to Georgia!
You should make it a tradition!
I have had quail but never like this – I need to change that, ASAP!
Yes Absolutely! The bacon, jalapeno and cheese make it delicious.
Mary Ellen says
What a great recipe!
KC the Kitchen Chopper says
Michelle, your bacon wrapped quail look like little bundles of smokey yum. This would make party guests very happy.
Everyone was very happy at our house!
Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere says
These look absolutely wonderful!
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
I have never made quail, but I want to start with YOUR recipe! I’ll go to any home tailgating party you throw!
Cynthia L says
My Father used to hunt for quail, but it has been a long time. I would love to try your recipe – it looks delicious
susan // the wimpy vegetarian says
What great photos!!
You had me at bacon, but add in all the other classic flavors of jalapeno poppers and just get outta my way! Sounds delish, Michele, and I’m so glad you have peaceful Thanksgiving celebrations now 😉
Love the grilled quail Michele and the bacon and jalapeno put it over the top!
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
I had someone ask on Pinterest where to find quail? I could only guess a specialty butcher or if your lucky enough to have a hunter! She sounded as excited as I am try this recipe! Looks great!
I would think you could find quail a specialty butcher or anywhere that sells wild game.
Constance | CosmopolitanCornbread.com says
Mmmmm! These little bundles of quail look fantastic!
Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen says
I have never had quail, but I need to give it a try now. These look DEELISH!
What a creative and tasty idea for game day eats. Love this!