Why I love this bacon wrapped water chestnuts
I absolutely love water chestnuts. They are so crunchy and they make for a great addition to any stir fry or spinach dip. I love them so much that I usually eat them straight from the can as I’m cooking my favorite chicken and broccoli recipe.
So naturally, I love them wrapped in bacon.
Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are an awesome savory appetizer for any holiday or game day menu, and they’re super easy to put together. They can even be prepped in advanced and cooked the day of to make things easier.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
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How to make bacon wrapped water chestnuts
Prep. Preheat your oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment. You can also open and drain your cans of water chestnuts and cut the bacon strips into thirds.
Make the sauce. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, bbq sauce and soy sauce together until smooth.
Wrap with bacon. Take a piece of the bacon you cut and wrap one slice around each water chestnut. Place the wrapped water chestnut seam-side down on the parchment paper. If you need to, you can secure them with a toothpick.
Bake the water chestnuts. Brush the water chestnuts with some of the sauce. Then, bake them in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
Baste with sauce every 10 minutes and one more time when you remove them from the oven, 4 times total including the initial brushing.
FAQS and tips for making bacon wrapped water chestnuts
Water chestnuts don’t actually have that much flavor. They’re crunchy in texture with a bit of water (in my opinion, they’re similar to the water content of celery), and they are a great blank slate for recipes.
Absolutely. Water chestnuts can been eaten raw as long as they’re peeled. Canned ones are already prepared and peeled, so you can eat them as is. I love snacking on them as I’m cooking, so I usually
This recipe would be great with:
- Grilled pork ribs with rhubarb BBQ sauce
- Dairy free queso dip
- Skyline chili dip recipe
- Crispy baked chicken wings recipe
More appetizer recipes you’ll love:
More bacon wrapped things:
- Bacon wrapped chicken bites
- Bacon wrapped smokies (use vegan butter)
- Bacon wrapped green beans
- Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin
Glazed with brown sugar, soy sauce and barbecue sauce, these bacon wrapped water chestnuts will be the first appetizer to disappear at your next game day or holiday celebration. This recipe is so simple and can be made ahead of time for easy entertaining.
- 3 8-ounce cans whole water chestnuts
- 1 16-ounce package bacon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 3 tablespoons reduced sodium-soy sauce
In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, barbecue sauce and soy sauce together until smooth. Set aside.
Cut bacon slices into thirds. Wrap each water chestnut with a strip of bacon and place it seam side down onto the baking sheet.
Brush each water chestnut with the barbecue sauce mixture and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. While they bake, baste the water chestnuts about every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and baste one more time with sauce.
Allow the water chestnuts to cool for about 5 minutes before servings.
Keywords: dairy free, bacon, water chestnuts, easy, barbecue sauce
Last Updated on November 17, 2020 by Melissa Belanger