Devils on Horseback

These are the perfect appetizer for your Halloween party – sweet and salty and devilish! And completely too easy to pop one after another as if possessed.

Devils on Horseback are normally a bacon-wrapped prune or date, but for those who don’t eat pork I had originally set out to make a vegetarian version. But then, as I was procuring dates from the halal market, I also happened upon “Applewood Smoked Breakfast Beef” which greatly amused me.

I also happened upon fig goat cheese, which sounded delightful. So this is my halal version of the devilish treat – two out of three ingredients were pure chance, almost as if they were set in my way by some angel or demon…

Devils on Horseback

  • 24 dates
  • 4 oz fig goat cheese (you can use goat cheese with a spoonful of fig preserves mixed in, or just plain as I had originally intended)
  • 12 strips Applewood Smoked Breakfast Beef, thawed (or bacon if you must)

Heat oven to 500°

Pit the dates and replace each with a spoonful of the goat cheese. Slice the “bacon” strips in half, width-wise, and wrap half a slice around each of the dates, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Roast for 15 minutes or so, flipping once with tongs, until crispy. Remove to a paper-towel for a few minutes (these are admittedly pretty greasy, but then what did you expect? Devils!), then serve warm.

For a creepy, devilish tale to listen to as you are cooking (or munching), check out the latest podcast episode New World Witchery Special Episode – The Last Dance.