Water Chestnut Appetizer

Chopsticks with water chestnut

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
196 Calories
6g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 196
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 780mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 two to three months.

You will need 16 toothpicks for this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 16 whole water chestnuts, fresh

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, or as needed

  • 8 slices raw bacon, cut in half

Steps 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). 

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.