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Water Chestnuts Wrapped With Bacon, Sweet, Nutty, and Fruity

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These bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are hard to stop eating! They’re the perfect appetizer because they’re salty, crunchy, sticky, and sweet.

They’re simple and quick to construct, but they’ll disappear faster than you can produce them!

These bacon-wrapped savory water chestnuts are unbelievably wonderful!

This recipe will be the one that your friends and family request you to make for an appetizer, tailgating, or potluck. You’ll want to make extras since these beauties disappear quickly!

Why Is This Recipe So Delicious?

Bacon wrapped with water chestnuts Healthy
Food: Bacon-wrapped with water chestnuts (Source: Jo Cooks)
  • Chestnuts de mer – These soft veggies (yes, vegetables!) are sweet, nutty, and fruity, and they pair nicely with savory bacon and salty sauce.
  • Bacon is meaty, salty, and rich. Let’s face it, it improves the taste of almost everything!
  • Sauce — A simple yet tasty sauce made with salty soy sauce, tomato-y ketchup, and brown sugar or maple syrup take your water chestnuts to the next level.

How Do You Make It?

  • The whole recipe and ingredients list can be found below, but you can also find a fast explanation of how to make this recipe precisely, as well as helpful tips and information!
  • To marinate the water chestnuts, combine them with the soy sauce in a big plastic sandwich bag. Allow them to sit for about 30 minutes, tossing and massaging the bag occasionally to coat them.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. On top of a baking or cooking sheet, place a rack.
  • Wrap a strip of bacon around each water chestnut and secure with a toothpick. Arrange the bacon-wrapped chestnuts on the rack with the seams facing down. Crisp the bacon in the oven.
  • Combine all of the sauce ingredients while the bacon is cooking. Remove the water chestnuts from the oven after they have finished cooking and coat them with the sauce. Return to the oven and serve hot!

Chef’s Advice

  • This recipe calls for canned water chestnuts, but you can use fresh ones if you want. Cut the top and bottom off your freshwater chestnuts before peeling them with a vegetable peeler. Rinse them thoroughly in cold water.
  • This dish is ideal for preparation ahead of time and baking right before guests arrive. Allow the water chestnuts to marinade, then wrap them in bacon and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. The sauce can also be made ahead of time!

Water Chestnuts Wrapped With Bacon

Preparation time: 10 minutes
55 minutes to cook
1 hour and 5 minutes total

These bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are hard to stop eating! They’re the perfect appetizer because they’re salty, crunchy, sticky, and sweet. They’re simple and quick to construct, but they’ll disappear faster than you can produce them!

Ingredients

  • 2 8-ounce cans of whole water chestnuts 16 ounces, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce plus 1 tablespoon
  • 14 slices of bacon cut crosswise into thirds
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar firmly-packed, or maple syrup
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • black pepper freshly ground

Instructions For Water Chestnuts Wrapped With Bacon

Bacon wrapped with water chestnuts
Food: Bacon-wrapped with water chestnuts (Source: Jo Cooks)
  1. In a large plastic sandwich bag, combine the water chestnuts and 14-cup soy sauce. Allow 30 minutes to marinate at room temperature, tossing and massaging the bag occasionally.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. A cooling rack should be placed on top of a cookie or baking sheet. Wrap a strip of bacon around each water chestnut and secure with a toothpick. Place the water chestnuts on the rack with the seam facing down. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the fat has been rendered.
  3. While the chestnuts bake, make the sauce. 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ketchup, and brown sugar or maple syrup, combined.
  4. Remove the chestnuts from the oven and brush them with sauce before returning them to the rack. Bake for another 25 minutes before serving warm.

Notes

  • Freshwater chestnuts can be substituted for canned water chestnuts. Cut off the top and bottom, then peel using a vegetable peeler to prepare. Rinse them thoroughly in cold water.
  • Prepare in advance: Marinate the water chestnuts according to the package recommendations. Wrap with bacon and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Make the sauce and store it in the refrigerator until needed.

This recipe serves around 6 people. The nutritional values indicated are for one serving and are rough suggestions. The macros may differ significantly based on the type and brand of ingredients used.

Prepare the recipe as directed to get the weight of one serving. Weigh the final recipe, then divide the weight (excluding the weight of the container in which the food is stored) by 6. The weight of one serving will be the result.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 310kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 846mg, Potassium: 189mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 122IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg, Net Carbs: 24g