Jalapeno poppers – they are always a favorite dish at any event or even at home! A bit of spice, crunchy salty bacon, and smooth creamy slightly sweet cream cheese are fantastic every time. How could we make these better though? Well, wrap them in meat and turn them into all of dinner, that’s how! Quail Jalapeno Poppers!
We recently did a bit of bartering and got our hands on some quail from a local guy who raises them. We have seen others do this, and we have recently been talking about making jalapeno poppers, so we decided to make some amazing deliciousness!
You can either stuff the breast cavity or you can do these boneless. I removed the breast meat and wrapped it in order to avoid messing with bones. We also had some Anaheim chilies ready to harvest, so I used one of those instead of jalapenos. You could easily use chicken breast (cut into slices) if you don’t have quail available.
Quail Jalapeno Poppers:
Yields: 6 Stuffed Quail
- 6 Quail breasts, deboned
- 1 Large Anaheim or Jalapeno Chili
- 3 OZ Cream Cheese
- 3 Thick cut slices of bacon, cut in half
- Salt and Pepper
- 6 Tooth Picks
- Remove the breast meat from the quail (I just pulled it off by hand) and salt and pepper both sides
- Deseed and core your chili pepper, slice into ¼ inch wide strips. Adjust the length as necessary for your meat.
- Cut off approx. 1 Tablespoon size pieces of cream cheese in strips and set to the side.
- Lay out your quail breast flat on your work surface. Lay 1 strip of chili and 1 piece of cream cheese in the center. Carefully wrap the quail around the filling.
- Wrap a half piece of bacon around the quail and have the ends meet up where the meat comes together. Use a tooth pick to hold everything together.
- Cook on a sheet pan in the oven at 350F for 15-25 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the temperature of the meat comes to 165F. You can also easily cook these on the grill. I grilled them over medium high heat. Just be careful turning them to not let the cream cheese fall out.
For a kid friendly variation, leave out the chili pepper so even your littlest ones can enjoy a creamy crunchy high protein meal.
For a dairy free variation, try stuffing with avocado slices instead of the cream cheese.
Don’t waste those quail legs! Toss them in some buffalo sauce and cook them alongside the quail poppers – just beware – they will cook in about 2-3 minutes, so watch them closely!
The raw quail bones that are leftover from your meal prep will make the perfect snake for your doggo. You can also toss them in a pot of water with some salt and pepper for a quick cup of broth to sip after dinner. Never waste anything!
These quail poppers will make any day a tasty day! Let us know how they turn out for you!