Since I met my wonderful husband, we have gone dove hunting every year. We usually go alone or with his dad (who I think goes just so we can eat at this one italian restaurant on the way home…), but we have taken all three kids together or separately at least once.
The first time we took Gabs, she was so excited. She wanted to bring her purple feather and sparkle-lined easter basket from earlier that year, and she wanted to bring Harley, our weimaraner. When we asked her why, she said that Daddy was going to shoot the “dubs” and Harley was going to get them and put them in her basket. HA! It was so hot, that Harley would only lounge around or seek out other shade… But she did get a dub in her basket!
This year, we took all the kiddos, and, even though it was still blistering hot, they still had a lot of fun.
Now, I know my whole family knows we love to hunt, but I thought it was especially sweet of my mom to send me a recipe from Texas Monthly about Jalapeno Dove Poppers, so I made a point of making them with some of the birds.
Dove breasts, jalapenos, cream cheese, pepper, garlic salt, and bacon… Grilled over charcoal and mesquite wood…
They turned out DELICIOUS.
The only thing I would have changed would be to use taco seasoning, or some other combination of seasonings, with the cream cheese – the salt and pepper just weren’t quite flavorful enough for me, but they were still so very tasty that I wished we had more birds to fix up!
We had them with a plain lettuce salad and some watermelon to keep it fairly simple.
Jalapeno Dove Poppers
What You Need
- whole plucked dove breasts
- garlic salt (or other seasonings)
- 16 ounces cream cheese per 15 dove breasts
- one jalapeno per dove breast, halved
- One slice of bacon per dove breast (cut in half width-wise)
What to Do With All That
- Separate the dove breasts from the breastbones to make 30 lobes.
- Sprinkle the lobes with garlic salt and pepper.
- Mix in any seasonings you want with the cream cheese.
- Take a lobe, some cream cheese, and a jalapeno half, wrap in bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Grill over charcoal and mesquite (or oak or pecan) for 3 to 5 minutes, then turn and continue grilling until bacon is crisp.
- Don’t forget to make more than you think your family will want – they will eat more!!!!!!!!