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.