Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Spicy Cream Cheese Pepperoni Devils On Horseback

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min (includes soaking time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 20 dates



  1. In a small bowl, submerge the dates in the lager and soak for 2 hours.
  2. Heat a toaster oven to 450 degrees F and place a rack in a quarter sheet pan or use the pan that came with your toaster oven if applicable (see Cook's Note).
  3. Thoroughly mix the cream cheese, gherkins and sriracha together, then transfer to a zip-top bag and snip off one corner of the bag, leaving about a 1/2-inch opening.
  4. Drain and then open the dates by using a pair of scissors to cut a lengthwise slit in each date. Pipe roughly 1/2 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture into each date and wrap with half a pepperoni slice. Place the wrapped dates on the rack, pepperoni ends down, and gently press to anchor.
  5. Bake until the pepperoni is brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before devouring.

Cook’s Note

Obviously if you don't have a toaster oven you can use a regular oven. But honestly, you should think about picking up a decent toaster oven sometime soon.