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Soldiers on Horseback.

I first encountered this dish when I visited the Frostback Mountains in a little village there. It was at a wedding I attended for my girlfriend Delilah, and it was one of those classic Ferelden weddings, with all the glass clinking to make the couple kiss at awkward moments, a thicket of big hair, and so much Brin Strelko music I had to listen to silence for a week afterward to recover. I had a ball, but what I remembered most was this odd dish of an oyster, wrapped in bacon and squirted with lemon juice. I asked  what it was called and was told, “It’s a soldier on horseback,” as if I was a moron for not knowing.

I later learned that soldiers on horseback are not just found in Ferelden, but also here in the Confederacy of Malkuth.   I can tell you that even here in Byra,  it remains an awesomely tasty dish although in Byra, they use lime juice rather than the lemon and I found that I liked that even better.

Soldiers on Horseback Recipe

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

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

Serves 4.

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