The culinary adventures of a 20-something woman navigating the wonderful world of food!

The culinary adventures of a 20-something year old woman navigating the wonderful world of food!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Holiday season is approaching!! Most people like this time of the year because they get to give & receive gifts, spend time with loved ones, and have a few extra days off work. Those things are great, but my absolute favourite thing about the Christmas season is the food. Obviously.

The next few weeks I will have a lot of appetizer & main course meals for the holidays. Starting with a fan favourite, bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. They are always a hit and require minimal time & effort. If you are taking them somewhere, you can heat them in the microwave for 45 seconds prior to serving to ensure they are hot.

2 x 8oz can of water chestnuts (whole), drained
1 pkg bacon, cut into 1/3's or 1/2's
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup mayonaise
1/4 cup chili-garlic sauce
good-quality toothpicks

1. Cut bacon strips in half (or 1/3's, depending on size of bacon). Wrap slice of bacon around water chestnut & secure with toothpick.
2. Place into ungreased 13x9 baking dish. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Drain fat OR place bacon-wrapped water chestnuts into new 13x9 baking dish (this is what I do).
3. Combine sugar, mayo, and chili-garlic sauce and pour over water chestnuts (try to avoid the top of the toothpicks). Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and bacon is crisp.

Nutritional Information: I didn't want to know. Its Christmas :)

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