Devils on horseback

Devils on horseback are a hot appetizer or savoury small dish of bacon-wrapped dried fruit stuffed with various ingredients like cheese and nuts wrapped in bacon or similar pork like prosciutto or pancetta. The traditional form of the dish is made with a pitted prune, but dates are also used, usually steeped in brandy or some other liqueur.[1] These are then fried or baked in the oven and quite often served on toast, with chutney and mustard.[2]

Devils on horseback
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Bacon-wrapped, almond-stuffed dates
CourseHors d'oeuvre or savoury
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Main ingredientsDried fruit (especially dates), chutney, bacon

The name "devils on horseback" is said to be taken from Norman raiders who rode into English towns wearing rashers of bacon over their armor to scare the townspeople during the Norman conquest of England. The dish itself may have Victorian origins.[3]

Recipes vary, but in general they are a variation on angels on horseback (bacon wrapped oysters), made by replacing oysters with dried fruit. There are many variations on the basic concept of a bacon-wrapped prune, stuffed with cheese, almonds, or other things. Devils on horseback are commonly served as part of a Christmas feast.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Scott, Chloe (19 December 2012). "How to make the best devils on horseback". Metro. London. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  2. ^ "'Devils on horseback' a sinfully delicious snack". Chillicothe Gazette (Chillicothe, Ohio). December 14, 1988.
  3. ^ "Devils on Horseback". The Jackson Sun (Jackson, Tennessee. August 12, 2015.

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