Merry Christmas everyone!
Today I wanted to share this oh so easy festive bacon wrapped water chestnut holiday appetizer with you. Did I say it was oh so easy? It’s actually my first time making them and I ran into a major issue…I’ll explain. Also, there will be links down below for you to click on for more festive Holiday appetizer ideas. No need to go anywhere else friends!
I had heard about these delicious appetizers from friends and family and was finally able to try one for myself at a holiday get together. They were delish! Well you had me at bacon because anything wrapped in bacon has to be good right? (Vegans/Vegetarians need not answer this!) So I thought I would try making these when it came time to join my friends from the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas series featuring appetizers.
As usual, I was making these last minute and ran to the grocery store to get my chestnuts. All the other ingredients I had on hand. I asked for canned chestnuts but there were none so I bought a sealed bag of chestnuts thinking it would be the same. After preparing and baking them we couldn’t wait to bite into one of these and try them out.
My daughter tried one first and when she made a face and tried not to spit it out…I knew something was wrong! I tried one myself only I couldn’t even swallow it!
Needless to say friends, I learned that chestnuts are not the same as water chestnuts! Even when they’re wrapped in bacon!
One is from a tree and one forms on the roots of grass like plants. Water chestnuts are crunchy even when cooked and I’ve eaten them plenty of times in Chinese food. How I got this so wrong is beyond me!
Anyways, I went out and found the canned water chestnuts, prepared and baked them the same way and they were delish!!
So here ya go:
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts:
- 1 lb. of bacon
- 1 can of whole water chestnuts
- 1/3 cup of soya sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- optional plum sauce or dipping sauce of your choice
- Start by marinating your water chestnuts in the soya sauce for at least an hour up to 24 hours.
- Preheat oven to to 375°
3. Cut your bacon slices into 3
4. Dredge each water chestnut into the brown sugar.
5. Wrap each water chestnut in the bacon and secure with a toothpick.
6.Arrange on a shallow baking dish. Bake in a 375° oven for 20 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
7. Eat them straight from the oven or you can choose a dipping sauce of your choice.
These simple and tasty appetizers are sure to become a favourite and a real crowd pleaser!
And today I’m joining some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their Holiday Appetizer recipes with you! Just click on the links below the pictures to be taken to their full recipe.
Baked Brie, Fig, and Walnut Phyllo Cups at The Happy Housie
Classic Cheese Ball Recipe at A Pretty Life
Cheesy Butternut Squash Bites at Jenna Kate at Home
Fresh Cranberry Salsa at We’re the Joneses
Easy Holiday Party Appetizer at a Rooms FOR Rent
Baked Goat Cheese Bites at Modern Glam
Smoked Turkey with Cranberry Orange Muffins at My 100 Year Old Home
Caprese Salad Skewers at Cherished Bliss
Easy Cranberry Brie Tarts at The DIY Mommy
Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board at Cassie Bustamante
Carmelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tarts at Life is a Party
Swiss Cheese Bacon and Beer Dip at Clean & Scentsible
Snowman White Cheese Ball at Tatertots and Jello
3 Ingredient Stuffed Mushrooms at My Sweet Savannah
Easy Christmas Pinwheels Festive Holiday Appetizer at This is Our Bliss
Festive Bacon Wrapped Chestnut Holiday Appetizer at Kim Power Style
Red Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Appetizer at She Gave it a Go