Devils on Horseback with Smoked Amonds

    45 minutes

    Popular finger food - in fact my family destroys a tray of these in fifteen minutes! The brown sugar, ginger and soy coating add to the great combination of crispy, chewy, and crunchy textures.

    40 people made this

    Serves: 20 

    • 20 wooden toothpicks
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    • 20 dates, pitted and left whole
    • 20 whole smoked almonds
    • 10 bacon rashers, cut in half crosswise

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Soak the toothpicks in a bowl of water. Grease a baking dish.
    2. In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce and ground ginger. Place the brown sugar into a shallow bowl. Spread open a pitted date, then stuff it with a smoked almond. Wrap the date with half a bacon slice, secure it with a toothpick, dip the bundle in soy sauce mixture, and then dip it into brown sugar. Place the wrapped dates into the prepared baking dish. If desired, sprinkle a little more brown sugar over the bundles.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until the bacon is brown and crisp, 15 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before serving; serve warm or at room temperature.

    Try these tweaks

    Double or triple the recipe for a large crowd! You can also use prunes or dried apricots instead of dates, or mango chutney instead of the almonds. Serve on top of watercress.

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    These are awesome!! I had these back in the 80's when I was stationed in Bermuda. Feel free to substitute walnuts for the almonds, apricots for the dates, I've even used smoked oysters and sliced water chestnuts wrapped with the bacon ... limitless combinations.  -  24 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made these today with smokehouse almonds, figs, low sodium bacon, and brown sugar (I forgot to buy soy sauce and ginger). I also sprinkled them with red pepper flakes after they were in the cake pan, because I wanted them to have some kick (they are devils, after all). They take a little while to put together, but they cook up quickly, and they're REALLY good. My buddy who was over to watch football loved them, as did my girlfriend's buddy who was over to get her hair done. If you want something tasty and impressive, and you don't mind taking a little time to make them, these are awesome. I think I'm gonna make a super spicy batch for Halloween.  -  09 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was a hit! We demolished them in about 2 seconds. Everybody wanted more. Only thing I would suggest don't do to much brown sugar. This was a easy quick recipe.  -  24 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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