Angels on Horseback

Angels on horseback, a British appetizer made with oysters that have been wrapped in bacon and cooked.
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 16-32 small oysters (or scallops), or larger ones cut in half, shucked
  • 8-16 slices of thin-cut bacon
  • 16-32 wooden toothpicks
  • 3-4 limes or lemons

To serve (optional):
  • 1/2 cup sliced raw almonds or peanuts
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced lengthways, or other berries
Directions
  • Working in batches if necessary, cook the bacon slices on medium low heat in a large frying pan, until only about halfway cooked, but not crispy. You need to pre-cook the bacon a bit or else when you cook them with the oysters the oysters will be overcooked by the time the bacon is crispy. Set the bacon aside to cool.
  • Get a grill or broiler good and hot while you wrap the oysters.
  • To make an angel on horseback, you wrap 1/2 a piece of bacon around the small oyster and secure it with the toothpick. Overlap the edges of the bacon by about an inch if you can.
  • Grill or broil over high heat to cook the oyster and crisp the bacon, about 5-6 minutes on the first side, another 2-4 once you turn them over. You will need to turn them once or twice to get a good crispiness on all sides.
  • As soon as they come off the heat, squirt with the lemon or lime juice and serve hot.

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