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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Appetizers

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Smokey sweet Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are easy appetizers to make ahead, freeze and reheat. Looking for a delicious meaty appetizer that your guests will devour? Try these water chestnuts wrapped in bacon. They are so good!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts On A Serving Tray

bacon wrapped water chestnuts on a serving tray. Full of smoky flavor and crunch.

This recipe came from our daughter in law Heather who has made this bacon wrapped water chesnut appetizers for years. If you have tried her Wild Pheasant in mushroom and wine sauce , Banana Berry trifle or her Rabbit Mushroom Stew let us know. Heather is an AMAZING and versatile cook. We are so happy when she shares her recipes with us.

Heather’s bacon wrapped appetizer recipe is a version of Rumaki without the chicken livers. Rumaki appetizers are a bit retro. They were popular in the 1940s and 50s in the faddish Tiki restaurants like Don the Beachcomber

Of course these yummers made their way into many American homes and parties over the decades following. Creative cooks everywhere put endless versions of bacon wrapped water chestnuts on their party tables. However, the piece of liver is distinct to Rumaki recipes.

Our version of water chestnut bacon wraps does not include the liver. But you can add it if you want to.  Like all vegetable Recipes water chestnuts are pretty versatile.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

bacon wrapped water chestnuts

Hot appetizers like this are perfect for large crowd events. Take these to wedding receptions, family reunions, summer or winter holiday parties, barbeques, Memorial Day get togethers, Fourth Of July parties, tailgates or Super bowl sunday.

These bacon appetizers are satisfying with sustaining fat and flavor. The water chestnuts offer a satisfying bit of crunch too.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR OTHER  EASY APPETIZERS

Try our bacon wrapped Sweet Potatoes  for more ideas on healthy bacon wrapped appetizers.

Make this Bacon Waterchestnut Recipe Healthier and Keto:

Using the options below can GREATLY reduce the calories, sugars, carbs and sodium.  Turn this into a paleo, keto friendly, low carb and diabetic friendly appetizer recipe.

Make this recipe gluten free by choosing gluten free tamari and barbeque sauce as I did. This is SO helpful nowadays since many party guests have these special needs.

Healthy Upgrade Suggestions for Water Chestnuts Bacon Wrapped:

  • Find a good quality bacon with NO artificial ingredients. They are out there. Your local grocer will carry (or google will know where to find) uncured, reduced sodium, center cut bacon.
  • Use a sugar free barbeque sauce. I found two on amazon with stevia for sweetener. I’ve added them to the printable recipe card below for you.
  • Water chestnuts are very good for you. This article by healthline goes into the details of water chestnut nutrition and health benefits if you are interested. 
  • This recipe calls for organic gluten free sodium reduced tamari rather than soy sauce.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts On A Serving Tray

bacon wrapped water chestnuts can be made special diet friendly with a few easy adjustments.

Healthier Choices-Calculated Nutrition:

with sugar free barbeque sauce and reduce sodium options this recipe is gluten free, diabetic, low carb and keto friendly. 

Nutritional Information for this Recipe sugar free:

  • 1 bacon wrapped water chestnut
  • 25
  • 35 to 40 depending on your sugar free BBQ sauce choice
  • -2
  • -1
  • -0
  • -1
  • -6
  • Milligrams-239
  • Grams-1
  • Grams-2
  • Grams-0 (or 1 depending on Barbeque sauce choice)
  • 2
You can Choose LOTS of Variations to change up this recipe. Let us know your favorite way to make these. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.
  • Replace the BBQ sauce dip by rolling the water chestnuts in brown sugar (or brown sugar free option)
  • Add a pineapple chunk with the water chestnut when rolling the bacon and secure with a toothpick. 
  • Use medjool dates in with the water chestnut and eliminate the barbeque sauce dip
  • Mix up a batch of your own barbeque sauce using a one to one ratio. Mix together chili sauce, Mayo and current (or grape) jelly (and adjust to your taste buds). In my recipe to replace the barbeque sauce you would need 1/3 cup of each.

Party serving suggestions: Serve these hot rather than cold.

Ideas to KEEP your  hot hors d œuvre HOT for your party:

  1. lay the baked bacon waterchestnuts in your crockpot, warming pan or Instant pot on slow cook function.
  2. Set the pot to low heat and pour your sauce over them sparingly. This keeps it easy to pull them out with the toothpick. Might need napkins though…
  3. Your bacon wrapped water chest nuts will stay warm and saucy through the party

    Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

    Bacon wrapped Water chestnuts fresh out of the oven. Still on the baking pan.

Make Water Chestnut Bacon Wraps Ahead and Freeze:

These easy appetizers can be made ahead. If you are having a party in the next few days just store them in your fridge in an airtight container. On serving day bake them in your oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Ready to serve!

  1. Make as directed except for the final pour of the BBQ sauce over the top.
  2. Cool the water chestnuts bacon wrapped on the baking sheet until room temperature
  3. To retain the best shape just set the baking sheet in your freezer.
  4. Once frozen remove the bacon wrapped water chestnuts to a glass or plastic airtight freezer container.
  5. Label and freeze
  6. THAW on the counter and set on a baking pan. Drizzle on the barbeque sauce over the top sparingly.
  7. AND REHEAT in preheated oven at 400 degree F for 5 minutes or until they sizzle a bit to crisp the bacon. NOTE: reheating in the microwave is not ideal for best results bake them.

    Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts On A White Serving Tray

    bacon wrapped water chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnut Recipe Printable Recipe Card:

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts On A Serving Tray
Yield: 25 bacon wrapped water chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This smoky sweet bacon wrapped appetizer is easy to make. Make this recipe ahead and quickly reheat. It freezes well too. These are old time favorites that have stood the test of party time!

Ingredients

  • 2-8 oz. cans of whole water chestnuts
  • 16 slices reduced sodium bacon
  • 1 Cup gluten free barbeque sauce
  • 1/2 Cup reduced sodium tamari

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Soak the whole water chestnuts in the tamari for 30 to 60 minutesTamari Soaked Water Chestnuts
  3. Cut the bacon slices in half
  4. dip each water chestnut into the BBQ sauce.(watch video)
  5. Wrap the soaked whole water chestnuts in bacon and pierce with a toothpick(watch video)
  6. Place the wrapped water chestnuts on your oiled baking sheet.
  7. Brush the tops of the water chestnuts with remaining BBQ sauce.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes

Notes

Make them ahead and freeze

These easy appetizers can be made ahead. If you are having a party in the next few days just store them in your fridge in an airtight container. On serving day bake them in your oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Ready to serve!

  1. Make as directed except for the final pour of the BBQ sauce over the top.
  2. Cool the bacon wrapped water chestnuts on the baking sheet until room temperature
  3. To retain the best shape just set the baking sheet in your freezer.
  4. Once frozen remove the bacon wrapped water chestnuts to a hard sided freezer container (OR heavy plastic freezer bag if you can remove the toothpicks successfully).
  5. Label and freeze
  6. THAW on the counter and set on a baking sheet
  7. AND REHEAT in preheated oven at 400 degree F for 5 minutes or until they sizzle a bit to crisp the bacon. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

25

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 53Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 6mgSodium 355mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 3g

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Smokey sweet Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are easy appetizers to make ahead, freeze and reheat. Looking for a delicious meaty appetizer that your guests will devour? Try these water chestnuts wrapped in bacon.

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