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Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Whenever I attend a potluck, folks always ask me to make my bacon wrapped water chestnut recipe—it's become my trademark. I especially like to prepare them for holiday gatherings. —Debi Jellison, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) whole water chestnuts, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar


  • Cut bacon strips into thirds; wrap a strip around each water chestnut and secure with wooden toothpicks. Place in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° until bacon is crisp, 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine ketchup and brown sugar; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Remove chestnuts to paper towels; drain. Dip in ketchup mixture; place in a lightly greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over chestnuts. Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 33 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • jhitt
    Dec 13, 2013

    Best of all recipes

  • jetluvs2cook
    Dec 1, 2013

    Great for parties!

  • fuffleup
    Sep 21, 2013

    When I take these to a party I kinda wish there would be some left overAlas no luck

  • bitzee
    Oct 19, 2012

    I use a 1/2 cup brown sugar or less,that is sweet enough for us. I also cut the bacon in thirds across and use 3 cans water chestnut's.I have tried the other recipes w/mayo or pineapple etc. and always come back to this basic recipe! It is not the holiday's w/o these nugget's!

  • DonnaBunch
    Sep 6, 2012

    Great for gathering....

  • Shultzr
    Oct 30, 2009

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  • sonygirl100
    Dec 16, 2008

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  • palemmer
    Mar 7, 2008

    Have been making these for many years. I use equal parts ketchup and brown sugar and half a strip of bacon per waterchestnut. Broil until bacon is down, place in crockpot, cover with sauce and heat on low until ready to eat. Requested at all carry-ins.

  • BCWestbrook
    Aug 6, 2007

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