For most of you, just the word “bacon” alone is probably enough to pull you in to any given recipe. This one does not disappoint. Bacon wrapped water chestnuts is one of the staple appetizers in my family. It is so simple yet so good and it would not be a holiday without them.
Us kids seriously don’t ever ask for them because we KNOW they will be there at any family event. Every family has those traditions, right? What is yours?
There are two ways to make these: the way I have listed below which will result in better coating and the faster way of just laying out the wrapped water chestnuts and throwing all of the toppings across it. Whichever way you prefer, you can expect to be making these on a regular basis.
Traditionally, these are made with pork bacon however I am not a big pork fan myself (I know, I know!) so I make some with turkey bacon. The turkey bacon does work, however because they have a lower fat content you will want to watch them because they will likely need a shorter cooking time and will dry out easier.
The mixture of mustard and brown sugar gives it a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. If you like things on the sweeter side, you can adjust the ratio to 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup dry mustard.