Devils on Horseback
This retro appetizer is easy to love. We wanted it to be easy to make, too.
Why This Recipe Works
This retro appetizer gives an intense performance at cocktail hour: smoky, crispy bacon wrapped around sweet dates filled with tangy blue cheese. We use Deglet Noor dates for their manageable size. To avoid a sticky mess when portioning blue cheese, we froze it to make it easier to crumble and then split the dates open with a paring knife and stuffed the crumbles inside. The dates’ natural stickiness sealed them back up nicely. We wrapped just half a slice of bacon around each date to avoid a lot of overlap (and residual gumminess) and placed the devils seam side down on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet to cook. The bacon slices sealed around the dates, eliminating the extra step of skewering them shut. With the rack in play, the dates shed grease and crisped all around.