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Devils on Horseback

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Devils on Horseback

Linda Larsen

These little Devils on Horseback appetizers are called that because the dates are dark. Angels on Horseback uses apricots instead of the dates. I have absolutely no idea why they are 'on horseback'. Perhaps it's because the bacon sits on the dates, like a person sits on a horse?

You can make these little goodies ahead of time, then broil just before serving. And you can use any firm cheese you'd like. I've made them with Jarlsberg and Fontina.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10


  • 1 package whole pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup cubed Asiago cheese
  • 8-10 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thirds


Stuff dates with a piece of the cheese. Wrap one of the pieces of the bacon around each stuffed date and secure with a toothpick if necessary. Place on broiler pan with a rack.

Preheat broiler. Broil bacon wrapped dates 4-6" from the heat source for 9-12 minutes, turning twice during cooking time, until bacon is crisp; don't let it burn! Let stand for 5 minutes, then serve.

You can also use precooked packaged bacon to make this recipe. Cut the bacon in half and wrap around the stuffed date. Then bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 6-9 minutes or until the bacon is sizzling and the cheese melts. 

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 5 out of 5
Yummy, Guest w8ing4thegirl

These are the most delicious appetisers ever. I love dates and I love bacon...so these are double the pleasure! I very rarely get to indulge as they don't appeal to my husband or our son (not that they've ever actually tasted them!) I agree with some who say they're very sweet but years ago when I had nothing else I used a very sharp crumbly cheddar and this really counterbalanced the sweetness. It's only willpower that stops me from devouring a whole tray of them!

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