Angels on horseback

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British Food

By Mark Hix

Published 2005

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You may have heard of ‘devils on horseback’, where prunes are the ‘devil’ wrapped in bacon. Here, oysters replace prunes as the ‘angel’ and they are served on toast. A classic savoury, these are also ideal canapés and party snacks.


  • 4 rashers of rindless streaky bacon, cut as thinly as possible
  • 8 large oysters, removed from the shell
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  1. Cut the bacon rashers across in half and, with the back of a knife on a chopping board, stretch the bacon as thinly as it will go, until almost translucent. Pat the oysters dry with some kitchen paper and wrap each one securely in a piece of bacon.
  2. Heat a little oil in a heavy-based frying pan and quickly fry the wrapped oysters over a high heat for a minute or