Recipe: Devils on Horseback {Appetizer}

by Cate on November 20, 2012

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So this past Saturday, I shared a table at a vendor show with a friend. From 10-3. And then hosted a party with girlfriends at 6. {More party details coming soon}

I needed to make a few eats for the party and needed to keep it super simple.

Because time? There was, like, none to spare.

Apparently Oprah heard my silent plea and came through because just last week, a link for her 10 Minute Appetizers landed in my inbox.

True story.

I scanned through and chose two to make.

One with figs, one with dates.

And another true story? I actually really don’t like figs.

Or dates.

But I am adult enough to know that sometimes something needs to be presented in a different way to get you to like it.

And this is about that.

I have a little bit of a problem with the “ten minute” claim. Unless she means 10 minutes to assemble, and not from start to finish.

But either way, you’re done in thirty minutes, with minimal work.

And I can live with that.

A little sweetness from the date. A barely perceptible taste from the cheese, interestingly enough. And the bacon?

I mean, really.

Everything is better with bacon.


After the first bite, it was a round of OMGs.

And halfway through the night, the entire plate was gone.

Completely and utterly gone.

If you need something a little different to round out your Thanksgiving dinner table, make these. And if you don’t, make them anyway. Or pin them and make them another time.

But make them.

Because if I know nothing else, I know you need these in your life.

Oprah thinks so too.

So there’s that.

PS – And Devils on a Horseback are actually nothing new. They’ve been around forever, in various forms, and were quite big in the 1970s.

Devils on Horseback
Recipe courtesy of Oprah Winfrey Network

Makes 24 dates


  • 24 dates, opened and pit removed
  • 1/2 cup Great Hill Blue Cheese
  • 12 Applewood smoked bacon slices
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (I skipped this whole step, because I burned the vinegar, but wouldn’t add it next time either)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stuff each date with approximately 1 teaspoon of blue cheese. Close the date and wrap it with 1/2 slice of bacon.

Place the dates on skewers (I used toothpicks) and roast for 10 minutes or until bacon is crisp (I baked for 20, and then broiled for a minute or two until the bacon was crispy). Meanwhile, place balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Reduce vinegar until syrup consistency (5-10 minutes).

Serve dates with a drizzle of balsamic.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kris November 21, 2012 at 12:10 am

Mmmm. Now I’m going to dream about them. They were awesome


Joanne November 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

One of my classmates used to make something similar for our christmas parties…except she wrapped her dates in prosciutto. still awesome.
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Sarah Caron November 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

YUM! I’ve never had dates, but those look and sound so good. Drooling.
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