If you're anything like me, you were probably still reveling in your post-Thanksgiving food coma on Friday. People were coming up to me, rubbing my temporary buddha belly and cheerfully asking, "Boy or girl?" My response, "Turkey, with a heapin' side of stuffing." Yep, I ate A LOT. I like stuffing. Nix that, I love stuffing. Anyhow, I'm chalking this year's Turkey Day in the "win" category since I didn't shiv anyone for driving me crazy (although I got mighty close). I also am counting this appetizer in the win category since everyone seemed to love it. What?!?! You've never had devils on horseback before??? Get to the store right now, get the ingredients and make this recipe ASAP, you can thank me later. They are delish and so simple to put together, a monkey could make them. Seriously...a monkey could make them!

Devils on Horseback


12 Medjool dates

12 roasted almonds

goat cheese

6 slices of bacon, cut in half


1. Preheat oven 400 degrees

2.  Cut lengthwise slit in date and remove pit.

3. Fill with goat cheese and 1 roasted almond. Pinch closed.

4. Wrap each stuffed date with a half piece of bacon.

5. Place a wire rack on a cookie sheet. Set each bacon wrapped stuffed date on the wire rack.

6. Place dates in oven, bake 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees, turning dates over halfway through. Remove when bacon looks crisp and cooked.

7. Serve warm. (Share with the monkey, if he helped you cook.)
4 Responses
  1. Foodiewife Says:

    So, that's what these are called!? I love the sweet and salty combo of bacon and dates. In fact, I have a container of dates, and was thinking of making more of these. They are totally addicting.

  2. Ally Says:

    Odd name, isn't it? And if you use oysters instead of dates, it's called "angels on horseback." LOL :)

  3. I've made these before but had no idea they had such an awesome name. We call them "bacon-wrapped dates"-- so boring. I've also never put almonds in them, so thanks for the idea!

  4. Ally Says:

    Tamale Girl,I like the roasted almonds in the middle, it adds a nice nutty flavor that complements the sweetness of the dates. But just remember to remind people that there are almonds in them...sometimes people think they're pits and try & pull them out.

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