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Angels on Horseback

Angels on Horseback (English bacon-wrapped oysters appetizer)

(English bacon-wrapped oysters appetizer)

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Angels on horseback were a favorite British Victorian after-dinner nibble. The name apparently comes from the way the curled bacon looks like angels wings. I don't know about that, but the popularity of these delightful appetizers flew across the Pond around the turn of the 20th century, and they are still popular at weddings and celebrations in the American Northeast.

Makes 12 appetizers


  • Oysters, shucked -- 12
  • Bacon, halved crosswise -- 6 slices


  1. Preheat oven to broil, and soak 12 toothpicks in a bowl of hot water for about 15 minutes. Wrap each oyster in a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  2. Set the oysters on a baking sheet and place under the broiler. Cook, turning occasionally, for about 6 or 7 minutes, or until the bacon is browned and the edges are beginning to curl.
  3. Serve as is on a platter, or remove the toothpicks and serve warm on buttered toast points or in oyster shells.

Angels on Horseback Variations

  • Devils on Horseback: Use prunes instead of oysters. Stuff the prunes with toasted almonds, blue cheese or some chutney.
  • Other popular stuffings include scallops, shrimp, dates and chicken livers.
  • You can marinate the oysters in some lemon juice and minced garlic first if you like.
  • Substitute prosciutto or pancetta for the bacon.
  • Thread the oysters on skewers and grill them instead.


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