This Polish appetizer recipe for prunes wrapped in bacon, śliwki w boczku (SHLEEF-kee vuh BAWTCH-koo) is fast, easy and delicious, and very traditional.
They are similar to Devils on Horseback (see more about this appetizer, below, after the directions to this recipe).
You can make as few or as many as your heart desires since the ingredients are simply rehydrated prunes (soaked in boiling water until plump) and bacon. That's it!
The real word for prunes in Polish is actually suszone śliwki or "dried plums," but often just śliwki is used for both, with suszone (dried) implied.
If you want to get fancy, you can soak the prunes in Calvados (a dry apple brandy from France) and stuff them with finely chopped apples, but that's gilding the lily.
Here's a larger photo of Polish Prunes Wrapped in Bacon.
- 16 prunes (pitted)
- 8 slices bacon (good-quality, cut in half)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Place pitted prunes in a heatproof bowl. Pour boiling water over to cover. Let soak 15 minutes. Drain and briefly dry on a paper towel.
- Wrap each soaked and dried prune with a half-slice of bacon. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet pan and bake 5 minutes.
- Turn each piece over and continue to bake until bacon is crispy, about 10 more minutes.
- Remove from oven and drain on paper towels. Pierce each piece with a frilled toothpick, if desired, and serve while still warm. Be careful. The prune interior gets very hot!
More About Devils on Horseback Appetizer
Devils on Horseback is a spicy appetizer version of Angels on Horseback (oysters wrapped in bacon). Devils get their kick from red pepper or Tabasco sauce. They are typically served with toast points.
They differ from the Polish appetizer in that they are often made with cheese stuffed into a prune or date.
More Polish Appetizer Recipes
- Polish Herring in Oil Recipe: Herring is one of Poland's favorite appetizers. Salt herring, required for this recipe, are generally available from the barrel at Polish, Jewish, and other ethnic delis.
- Polish Ham Roll-Ups Recipe: This recipe for ham rolled around gherkins and cream cheese is a bit Americanized because of the use of cream cheese, although it’s becoming more well-known in Poland these days.
- Polish Slow-Cooker Sausage Recipe: This slow-cooker sausage appetizer recipe is served in Poland with spicy Polish mustard.
- Polish Chicken Livers in Wine Sauce Recipe: Chicken livers are a typical appetizer or przekąskie along with herring rollmops and prunes wrapped in bacon, among others. And the beverage of choice would, of course, be wódka.