Water Chestnut Appetizer Recipe

Chopsticks with water chestnut
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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 16 water chestnuts (16 servings)
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This easy to make party dish tastes best with fresh water chestnuts. If you have difficulty wrapping the 1/2 slice of bacon around the water chestnut, try cutting it in half again lengthwise.

Please note that while the preparation time for the water chestnut appetizer is quite short, they are marinated for 2 1/2 hours.

These appetizers can be prepared ahead of time and frozen before cooking. Placed in a sealed bag in the freezer, they should last for 2 to 3 months.

What You'll Need

  • 16 fresh water chestnuts
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, or as needed
  • 8 slices raw bacon, cut in half
  • 16 toothpicks

How to Make It

  1. Peel and rinse the fresh water chestnuts. (If using canned water chestnuts, rinse in warm running water and drain).
  2. Soak the water chestnuts in the soy sauce for 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Remove the water chestnuts from the soy sauce and roll in the brown sugar. Wrap a piece of cut bacon around the water chestnut and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Place the water chestnuts on a rack in a shallow pan. Bake for 30 minutes, turning them over once. (Alternately, they can be broiled for 5 to 6 minutes).