Devils on Horseback

With awards shows (SAG, Grammy’s, Academy, to just name a few) and BIG football games on the horizon some people will be hosting little gatherings to watch these events. Appetizers are a favorite food to nibble on while sitting around the TV. One bite appetizers with a toothpick are the perfect appetizer for such occasion.

My father-in-law saw these and requested they be made for our Christmas Eve appetizer. I had never heard of devils on horseback and the combination of bacon and prunes intrigued me. Unfortunately my family caught a stomach bug right before Christmas so I didn’t make these, but I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.

Some things you just don’t plan. I opened the fridge and saw I had some leftover bacon and a little bit of Brie. Both of those ingredients screamed devils on horseback! As you can see I used pitted prunes. There are a few variations of these delicious bites. Some use pitted dates, some use prunes. Traditionally, at least according to Wikipedia, dates are stuffed with mango chutney and wrapped in bacon. Sounds delicious, right? Others make them with prunes and stuffed with bleu cheese (mmmmm!) or almonds and wrapped in bacon. I took some liberties and went with prunes, Brie, and bacon. The results were WONDERFUL!

Find the hole where the prune had been pitted. Insert a small piece of cheese. Wrap in half a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Easy to make a little or a lot.

Bake these devils at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon looks crispy. Let them cool slightly before digging in. Trust me they will be HOT! :)

Crispy salty bacon + gooey Brie + sweet prunes = A wonderful sweet and savory treat!

Pitted Prunes or Dates
Cheese such as Brie, Stilton, Bleu
Bacon, cut in half

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Stuff the prunes or dates with a little bit of cheese then wrap in a half a pice of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.

*soak the toothpicks in water for 10 minutes before using them this way they won’t burn

Do you host an award party or a Super Bowl party? What are your favorite appetizers?

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