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Angels–on–horseback are oysters that are wrapped in bacon and secured with a toothpick, then fried, baked or grilled and served on small pieces of buttered toast. Traditionally they were served at the end of a meal, but today you are likely to encounter them as a canapé served without the toast. The angels are the oysters, which curl as they cook to resemble angel wings riding on slices of toast, and it was this imagery that gave this canapé its interesting name. Devils–on–horseback are similar, but are made with prunes instead of oysters.