Devils on Horseback
Devils on HorsebackI made this recipe a few years ago for Thanksgiving, and it’s kind of become a tradition. Every family get-together my mom hosts (and she hosts A TON!) she always asks me to bring the “bacon appetizer everyone loves”. AKA: Devils on Horseback.

I was first introduced to this appetizer about 5 years ago at a popular Columbus restaurant called The Pearl. When the appetizer was suggested I was hesitant, as most people are when they learn the main ingredient is a date. Dates kind of freak people out, but I can PROMISE you, you will fall in love with this super simple, crowd pleasing dish.

This is perfect for the holidays or for a football Saturday with the family.





prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 30-40 minutes (depending on your oven)

total time: 50 minutes
  • 20 wooden toothpicks (soaked in water)
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 20 pitted dates, if they are large cut them in half
  • 20 sea salted almonds
  • 20 slices of bacon, cut in half (I like Hickory Smoked thick sliced)
  1. Preheat oven to 400° Soak the toothpicks in a bowl of water so they don’t burn
  2. Grease a baking dish with cooking spray
  3. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, ground ginger and brown sugar
  4. Stuff the pitted date it with an almond
  5. Wrap the date with bacon slice, secure it with a toothpick
  6. Dip the date in soy sauce and brown sugar mixture
  7. Place the dates into the prepared baking dish
  8. Bake until bacon is crisp, about 30-40 minutes depending on your oven
  9. Serve warm


Shanisty Ireland is a former award-winning Television News Anchor with more than 15 years of experience on-air. Today, Shanisty freelances on national and local media outlets featuring some of her favorite recipes and hot topics from her blog. Shanisty has been featured on The Today Show, Ellen, U.S. News and World Report, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and hundreds of local TV News and Radio stations.

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