Devils On Horseback

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Recipe by Linda Larsen

These little appetizers are called ‘devils’ 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


  • 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.

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