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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Yield:   8-10 servings, or about 45 pieces
Cook Time:   About 1 hour
Tips:   Basic wooden toothpicks without decorations should be used when baking because of hot oven temperatures. If some toothpicks were overly covered with sauce, if desired, those toothpicks can be removed and replaced with new toothpicks (including decorative) after baking, though make sure to poke new toothpicks into a new location in the water chestnuts so toothpicks will hold tightly.
Suggestion:   Serve as an appetizer for parties or for a fun snack anytime.
Is there really any food that doesn't taste great wrappedin bacon? Likely not. This Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts recipe is no exception, and brings together some fun and festive flavors and textures that will appeal to all ages!
In addition to the great flavor and texture of this bacon appetizer, it's incredibly easy to make. Basically, all you need is a couple cans of whole water chestnuts, a pound of bacon and a lemon, along with some ketchup, sugar and soy sauce, which you likely already have in your pantry or fridge. To make these Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts, simply wrap the water chestnuts with bacon (after cutting the bacon strips into thirds), secure them with toothpicks, then bake them for 30 minutes. Pour the Sweet and Sour Sauce over the bacon wrapped water chestnuts and pop them back into the oven for another 30 minutes. Once baked, the Sweet and Sour Sauce thickens and becomes crisped around the edges. The flavor and texture of these bacon appetizers is delightful on so many levels, they are sure to disappear quickly!


  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1/2 of a medium-sized lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • Water Chestnuts
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 2 8-oz. cans whole water chestnuts
Sweet and Sour Sauce

In a mixing bowl, combine ketchup, sugar, lemon juice and soy sauce. Set aside until ready to use.

Water Chestnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cut bacon strips into thirds. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each water chestnut and place seam side down on a baking sheet at least 1/2 inch apart. Secure the bacon and chestnuts with toothpicks. Bake for 30 minutes (do not over cook!) Remove from oven and drain bacon grease off of baking sheet. (Tip: Water chestnuts will likely stick to baking sheet while slightly tilting to drain grease.)

Spoon Sweet and Sour Sauce over baked bacon wrapped water chestnuts, being careful to avoid toothpicks. Bake for an additional 30-45 minutes or until crispy and brown around some of the edges. Using a thin metal spatula, transfer Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts to a serving tray and serve immediately while hot.

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