The men of the Morgan family are hunters. They get all dressed up in fancy hunting gear and set out after their prey. To see them, you would think that they were off in search of big game - rhinos or grizzly bears. They're not. They are in search of tiny, tiny birds. Quail, to be exact.
To celebrate Valentine's Day this year, I decided to find a different way to make quail for Phillip. They turned out well - they reminded us of my mom's chicken bacon rollups, just on a smaller scale.
4 small whole quail, wings removed (they are so small that they will burn)
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
4 slices bacon
Season birds with with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Let the birds marinate, refrigerated for at least an hour, up to overnight.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Cut a slit in each breast of the quail, fill the resulting pocket with the goat cheese. Wrap each breast in bacon. Tie the legs of each bird together with kitchen twine.
Roast for 15 minutes, or until juices run clear.
We served the quail with mashed potatoes and asparagus - the perfect dinner.