Angels on Horseback

Canned shucked oysters can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store and work well in this recipe.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

1 Pre-cook the bacon slices: 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.

2 Heat the grill: Get a grill or broiler good and hot while you wrap the oysters.

3 Wrap bacon around 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.

4 Grill or broil: 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.

5 Sprinkle with lemon or lime juice: As soon as they come off the heat, squirt with the lemon or lime juice and serve hot.