For most of you, just the word “bacon” alone is probably enough to pull you in to any given recipe. Â This one does not disappoint. Â Bacon wrapped water chestnuts is one of the staple appetizers in my family. Â 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 KNOWÂ theyÂ will be there at any family event. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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.
- 2 cans whole water chestnuts drained
- package bacon
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup dry mustard
- Preheat over to 325 F.
- Cut bacon in half. Mix brown sugar and dry mustard in a small bowl.
- Take one water chestnut at a time and wrap the bacon around it, securing with a toothpick.
- Drop the wrapped water chestnut into the bowl (you can do several as a time, how ever many will fit with room to move the dry mixture) and use a spoon to coat each piece. Make sure you get all the sides and the ends as well.
- Transfer the water chestnuts to a baking sheet or dish that is lined with either tin foil or a silicone mat.
- Once you get through all of them, take each water chestnut and run them through the dredging process a second time. Start on one end and work your way over to make sure you hit them all. (Faster, easier way: wrap them all, throw them on the sheet or in the dish, and throw all the topping across the water chestnuts).
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes, flipping the water chestnuts over half way through. Cook until the bacon is starting to render but before they are overdone.