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Water Chestnut Appetizer

Water Chestnut Appetizer

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.


  • 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


Peel and rinse the fresh water chestnuts. (If using canned water chestnuts, rinse in warm running water and drain).

Soak the water chestnuts in the soy sauce for 2 1/2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 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.
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 - 6 minutes).

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

Yield: 16 Appetizers

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