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Stilton on Horseback

Stilton on Horseback

As Stilton matures and becomes smooth and creamy, it develops a sweetness that partners especially well with prunes. For this simple appetiser - perect for a summer canape - pitted prunes are filled with Stilton and celery, wrapped in bacon and grilled.


  • 175g/6 oz Stilton mature cheese, rind removed, cut into 16 pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, thickly sliced
  • 16 large pitted prunes, no need to soak
  • 225g/8oz sweet cure bacon strips


Make a cut down the side of each prune, put a piece of Stilton into each prune and wedge in with slices of celery. Cut the strips of bacon in half, wrap the prunes and set onto a rack ready for grilling. If you are prepating in advance, refridgerate for up to 24 hours until ready to grill. Allow 10-12 minutes under a moderate grill, turning once. Serve warm with cool drinks.

Serves 4 - 6