[Recipe] Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts (Rumaki)

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Yesterday I was panicking. See, I take these 12 Frilly Days of Christmas quite seriously. I think long and hard about the recipes I post, the order in which I post them, and what types of recipes people look for this time of year. I really wanted to post an appetizer recipe, but could not think of the right one.

I called my mom. “Mom!”, I say, “I need help!”. I explain my situation. “Why don’t you post the water chestnut recipe?”, she immediately suggests. Huh. Now why didn’t I think of that?!? They’re the perfect choice.

Thanks Mom.

This bacon wrapped chestnut recipe makes an appearance at most of our family get togethers, and has for years. There’s a good reason for that. They’re absolutely delicious, and everyone loves them. Crunchy chestnuts, wrapped in bacon, covered in a thick sweet and sour sauce? Who’s going to argue with that? This is a classic recipe for good reason.

They’re not exactly chestnuts roasted over an open fire, but I think we should sing about them anyway.

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[Recipe] Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Makes 4 – 5 dozen pieces

2 cans whole water chestnuts
1 1/2 lbs bacon


3/4 cup sugar
1 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

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Preheat the oven to 350F.

Halve the full pound of bacon, so that you have 3 half pounds of bacon in strips.

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Cook the bacon in the microwave, 1 minute on the first side, and 1 minute on the second side. I do this on plates lined with paper towel.

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Drain the water chestnuts. Cut them in half.

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Wrap a strip of bacon around each water chestnut, securing with a toothpick.

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Line up the little soldiers in a 9×13″ baking dish.

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Bake the chestnuts for 30 minutes.

While the chestnuts are baking, combine all sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.

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Once the chestnuts have baked for 30 minutes, remove them from the oven. Drizzle the sweet and sour sauce over the chestnuts.

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Bake the chestnuts for another 30 minutes.

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Allow the chestnuts to sit for 5 – 10 minutes before removing them from the baking pan and garnishing with green onions to serve.

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3 responses to “[Recipe] Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts (Rumaki)

  1. One of our favs too Tara – thanks to you and mom for reminding me about them. A great appetizer for this time of year. Pics are awesome!!!

  2. Love this recipe! I use the same recipe, but instead of the water chesnuts I use hot dogs. I cut them in thirds. And instead of baking again in the oven I often put them in the slowcooker so it’s easier to travel as I often make them for potlucks. Thanks for sharing, I love your blog!

  3. Yummy! Lydia, that sounds really tasty. I’ll have to try it the next time I’m craving something like these. Thanks for reading the blog!

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