Recipe: Holiday Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

We entered the 517 Magazine test kitchen to do a remix on Nat King Cole’s Christmas classic.

That’s right. We entered the 517 Magazine test kitchen to do a remix on Nat King Cole’s Christmas classic. These savory appetizers will be the star of your holiday party. And no one needs to know how easy they were to make.



2 cans of whole water chestnuts, drained and rinsed

1 package of bacon, cut in half

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1/3 cup of ketchup

1/3 cup of brown sugar

1/3 cup of water

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce



Place the water chestnuts in a zip-close bag with the soy sauce. Marinate for 30 minutes, mixing frequently.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Wrap each chestnut in a half strip of bacon (trim bacon if desired) and secure with a toothpick.

Place the chestnuts on a wire rack on top of a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven until bacon is crispy, roughly 30 minutes.

While baking, mix the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and water in a bowl. Set aside.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Remove the wire rack and set aside. Wipe off excess grease from the baking sheet with paper towels and spray the baking sheet with cooking spray.

Swirl each chestnut in the sauce, coating liberally, and return to the baking sheet.

Return the baking sheet to the oven for 15 minutes, until the sauce is a sticky glaze.

Remove from oven, garnish with pepper and serve.


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