This recipe deviates from my usual type of recipe, but the memory of this recipe hit me like crazy on New Year's Eve and I couldn't believe I had forgotten about it. My mother regularly made bacon wrapped water chestnuts for NYE parties. They're so simple to make and they would also make great little football party appetizers. They're bite sized and the combination of the crispy bacon and texture of the water chestnut is something a little different.
The only other recipes where I've seen water chestnuts is in Chinese Food veggie dishes. Let me know if you've seen them anywhere else because I'm curious. I easily found cans of the chestnuts in the Asian section of the grocery store and they come in 5oz cans, similar to tuna cans.
Here's what you'll need to get these in the oven:
-2 x 5oz cans of water chestnuts
-1 package of bacon
-2/3 cup ketchup
-1/3 cup light brown sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees and cut the bacon slices into 1/2 their length. Place a water chestnut at the end of the slice, roll the water chestnut up into the rest of the bacon and secure with toothpick. Continue until you've finished with all of the water chestnuts.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place in the pre-heated oven. I bake these for a total of 25 minutes because I like the bacon to have a crispy to it, but you can adjust if you prefer. While these are baking, mix together the light brown sugar and ketchup. Check on them at the 1/2 way mark and give them a turn if the bottoms start looking like they're getting more crispy than your liking. At the 20 minute mark, take them out of the oven and use a pastry brush to brush a little bit of sauce on each bacon wrapped chestnut. Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Remove, allow to cool for a few minutes and serve!
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