Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Water Chestnuts Wrapped in Bacon

Smashley introduced me to the yummiest appetizer recently, and I'm so excited to share them with you.  They are to die for.  Aren't they pretty? They're water chestnuts wrapped in bacon. I know it may not sound that exciting, but trust me, it is. It's the perfect blend of crunchy, chewy, and tangy. And it has bacon! Everything is better with bacon. Everything.

Smash brought all the ingredients over to my house for our last crop night, and then she let me snap pictures of the whole process.

This is all you need to make these yummy things: bacon, whole water chestnuts, ketchup, and brown sugar. Oh yeah, and some toothpicks.

Smashley is very finicky about her bacon and insists that we cook it a little before we wrap the water chestnuts.

She's an OCD freak like me, so I was making fun of her opening and closing the microwave with her flippers. She wouldn't touch the handles because her hands were slick with raw bacon slime.

Maybe I'm too easily entertained, but I dang near gave myself an asthma attack laughing hysterically at her. I want to take her to Sea World so she can visit her friends.

I guess you had to be there.

Here are the water chestnuts wrapped in the bacon and impaled with their toothpicks. I tried to help with this step, but Smashley kept snapping at me for putting the double bacon wrapped parts down on the pan instead of on top. Some yada yada about the bacon not cooking well enough on the double layers. 

Sheesh. She's so picky about her bacon.

I missed the rest of the steps because I was showing Melanie-Who-I-Almost-Killed-With-Pie how to make a banner. This is the finished product though. Smashley was nice enough to share the recipe, so of course, I made a recipe card. You have to make these. I promise, you will love them.


  1. I used to make these YEARS ago without the catsup!! Just sprinkle the bacon-wrapped=chestnuts with brown sugar and bake! can't wait to try your version.
    diana in Illinois

  2. These are awesome and exactly the same as the way we make them. We call them Rumaki.

  3. I agree with Stacy on the Rumaki. I loved these so much, I made them into a cupcake and put them into an Iron Cupcake: Milwaukee competition:-)

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cooking category today [09 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. I make these with mushrooms instead and also have used various meat marinades; teriyaki, caribbean jerk, etc. You just really can't go wrong with bacon!

  6. Those look so delicious!!!! I am so copying the recipe and taking all the credit for it with my kids!!!!!
    She is so cute with her flippers!
    I sorta agree with her about the bacon slime though.

  7. I use a folded twice paper towel so I know I don't get it on the microwave handle while I'm cooking greasy/sticky foods, I also use gloves when handling raw meats usually, I buy them at Costco for that and cleaning :) pork has worms u have to be careful and cook right so I understand the "double meat part" just fine. I keep coming across this recipe when I google "water chestnuts" I should try it soon.