Over the weekend we celebrated my husbands birthday and the only gift he wanted was that I cook him his favorite foods and let him pig out all day! lol
One of his most favorite appetizers is Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts – he just can't get enough of them no matter how many I make! I'm so jealous of his metabolism! lol
Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are so incredibly simple to make and are so addictive and delicious!
The magic to these delicious little bites is in the sauce. A scrumptious combination of ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder give each bite a wonderful sweet and smoky flavour.
The process for making the bacon wrapped water chestnuts was very simple. The ingredients for the sauce are combined in a mixing bowl and then the water chestnuts are wrapped in (halved) strips of bacon and secured with tooth picks. I dropped them each into the sauce in the mixing bowl and gently folded them into the sauce so that each little one was completely covered. I then cooked them in the oven on a broiler pan and when they were done…
I almost have no words for how amazing they taste!
The smokiness of the bacon and the sticky sweet flavour of the sauce was perfect with the crunch of the water chestnuts.
This is an excellent appetizer for a special occasion or for a get together for friends. It's always a hit in our house!
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 (7oz/227ml) cans whole water chestnuts, drained and rinced
- 1 lb smoky bacon
- tooth picks
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Combine ketchup, brown sugar, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce in a mixing bowl. Make sure everything is combined well.
- Cut the package of bacon in half so that each strip is only half as long.
- Wrap each water chestnut with half a bacon strip and secure with a tooth pick and drop into the mixing bowl with the sauce mix.
- Once finished wrapping the bacon and water chestnuts GENTLY fold the sauce over them in the mixing bowl. Make sure that each piece is evenly coated and covered in the sauce.
- Using tongs, gently remove the wrapped water chestnuts from the mixing bowl and place onto a broiler pan over foil lined baking sheet. (I find that the clean up is much easier when using a foil lined sheet). If you don't have a broiler pan you can try just using a baking sheet – just make sure you remove the cooked water chestnuts quickly so they don't sit in the fat for too long.
- Using a spatula remove any of the remaining sauce from the mixing bowl and drizzle over the wrapped water chestnuts.
- Place the prepared water chestnuts into the oven to cook for about 35 minutes.
- Using tongs remove the appetizers to a serving plate.