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Devils on Horseback

This is my favorite version of this recipe, hope you enjoy!
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: Party, Quick
Servings: 6 people


  • 12 Slices Bacon
  • 12 Pitted Medjool Dates
  • 1 Carton Crumbled Stilton Cheese or any Blue Cheese
  • 1 Pkg Fresh Sage Leaves (optional)
  • 24 Toothpicks


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Soak 24 wooden toothpicks in water for around 15 minutes.
  • Cut bacon pieces in half. (Should have 24 bacon strips when done.)
  • Cut each pitted date in half. (Should have 24 date halves when done.)
  • Stuff each date half with crumbled stilton cheese. They are very easy to stuff because there will already be a hole where the pit used to be.
  • Wrap each stuffed date with a half slice of bacon, tucking a small-medium sage leaf in between the ends of the bacon where they overlap. Stick a toothpick through to hold the wrapped bacon in place.
  • Place the bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed dates on baking sheet covered with parchment paper or aluminum foil. I used aluminum foil and that worked fine.
  • Bake for around 30-35 minutes, checking to make sure bacon is brown/crisp and fully cooked before removing from oven.


This recipe is fast to make and always a huge hit! When I've taken it to a party, everyone wanted the recipe.
Note: If you're not a fan of sage, feel free to leave that ingredient out. Also, this recipe can be made using prunes. I've tried it with prunes but much prefer dates.