Appetizers, Canapes, Super Bowl
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Company’s Here: Water Chestnuts Wrapped in Bacon

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts
Bacon wrapped water chestnuts

Water Chestnuts Wrapped in Bacon

If you like bacon, you will love the combination of crisp bacon, brown sugar goodness, and crunchy water chestnuts.  This is a simple and quick-to-prepare appetizer – a bit of marinating, a bit of baking, and voila you have a sure-fire delicious appetizer with very little effort. I usually marinate the water chestnuts about 2 hours, but if you are pressed for time you can narrow that down to 15 minutes and still have a winner.  This appetizer has been around for decades and yet your guests will polish them off like you just invented a new hors d’oeuvre – no matter their age!

~ ~ Water chestnuts marinating in soy sauce and brown sugar – try for 2 hours

~ ~ Lay out water chestnuts on foil lined baking pan – bake for 20-30 minutes


1lb sliced bacon
6 oz can of WHOLE water chestnuts
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 soy sauce (low sodium)
Wood toothpicks
Aluminum foil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Drain water chestnuts and set aside.
  2. Cut bacon slices into thirds – I cut the whole package at one time.
  3. Cut water chestnuts in half.  Take 1/3 slice bacon and wrap around the water chestnut half and secure with wood toothpick.  Place them all in a plastic container.
  4. Mix the soy sauce and brown sugar together, stirring so the sugar dissolves. Pour over the water chestnuts, cover container and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, and up to 2 hours.
  5. Place aluminum foil over the bottom of a broiling pan (where the bacon grease will drip).  You don’t want to skip this step as the brown sugar will harden like a barnacle on your pan and be impossible to clean up.
  6. Place rack on top of pan, lay out the water chestnuts and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

~ ~ Piping hot, crispy bacon, crunchy water chestnuts – What’s not to like?

Yield: About 50-55 appetizers


      • Wouldn’t that be lovely! Very nice, a little different this year, spent it with friends from my paddling team. Then hosted a dinner party on Friday night, these goodies should have been there and finally had Thanksgiving with family last night!

        Did you have a nice one, who cooked? Do you have time for a chat this morning? If so I will call you.

      • Fran,

        Judy hosted and I brought these along with Broccoli Supreme – was a lovely evening. Yes, do give me a call!

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