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
Ingredients: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 Method:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Drain water chestnuts and set aside.
- Cut bacon slices into thirds – I cut the whole package at one time.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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