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Devils on horseback recipe

Lindsey Bareham / 17 November 2014

Devils on horseback are a very quick and easy appetiser that can be served on Christmas day or as a party snack at Christmas or New Year parties.

Devil's on horseback
Devil's on horseback are a great appetizer

Marinating time

1-24 hours

Cooking time

15 minutes




  • 300ml10fl oz weak, warm black tea
  • 2 tbsp Armagnac
  • 500g/1 lb pitted prunes
  • 150g/6oz roasted marcona almonds
  • 150g/6oz thin and streaky rindless bacon rashers


This easy appetiser recipe replaces the oysters found in angels on horseback with dried fruit, in this case prunes soaked in Armagnac and tea. Ideally the prunes would be soaked for about 24 hours  before serving.

Mix the tea and Armagnac in a bowl and submerge the prunes.

Leave for at least 1 hour, preferably 24.

Halve the bacon rashers.

Drain the prunes, stuff with an almond and wrap with a piece of bacon.

Arrange on a cake rack placed over a baking sheet with the join underneath.

Heat the oven to 400F/200C/gas mark 6.

Cook for 15 minutes until the bacon is crisp.

Visit our Christmas recipe section for more festive favourites


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