Spicy Ketchup Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

"These will be a huge hit at your party! the recipe may be doubled or tripled, you may wrap all the chestnuts hours in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake --- try to purchase the thin sliced bacon for this then slice each strip into three pieces --- I use the Heinz spicy ketchup, if you cannot find the spicy ketchup just add in some cayenne pepper, also try to purchase the thicker long toothpicks :)"
photo by Bonnie Young photo by Bonnie Young
photo by Bonnie Young
photo by Bonnie Young photo by Bonnie Young
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  • Set oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat; cook the spicy ketchup with the brown sugar, stirring until no sugar granules remain; set aside (this can be done up to a day in advance).
  • Dry each water chestnut using a paper towel.
  • Wrap one small slice of bacon tightly around each water chestnut, then secure with a toothpick.
  • Place into baking dish.
  • Lightly cover the dish with foil.
  • Bake for about 35-40 minutes or just until the bacon is crispy.
  • If desired you may bake uncovered for a couple of minutes just to crisp up the bacon more.
  • Remove from oven and drain the fat/grease.
  • Drizzle the prepared sauce mixture over each chestnut, return to oven and bake uncovered for about 8-10 minutes more.

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  1. Shelle76
    Try using PINEAPPLE !These are great! I also use pineapple chunks (canned) wrap in bacon the same way,and add your sauce. I usually use homemade bar b que sauce. Its the sweet salty thing that makes these yummy. Enjoy
  2. Georgia Jill
    We had friends over last night for dinner and I made these for an appetizer. We had planned to go out for a ride on our UTV's before dinner. While we waited for the men to get things ready, I gave, what I thought, was a sample to everyone. Before we left, I unplugged the crockpot to make sure the sauce did not burn while we were out. When I came back, I went to plug it back in, but then discovered they were all gone! The %u201Csample%u201D turned into devouring! We discovered you can't eat just one! Since some people did not arrive until after the ride, there was none left and I had to clean up the evidence before they wondered what was supposed to be in the pot! These are definitely a keeper!
  3. CoffeeB
    These went over really well with the family at a Christmas gathering. I by mistake bought sliced water chestnuts, but somehow made it work by piling two-three together b/f wrapping with the bacon. Love the addition of the kick of spice. (couldn't find the spicy ketchup, so used a dash of cayenne as suggested in your intro).
  4. DDW
    Great recipe! I halved the water chestnuts (I prefer smaller bites) and since I can't find spicy ketchup anymore I just used regular Heinz and added Frank's hot sauce until it was to my "spicy" liking. My bacon took longer to cook so I uncovered it and pumped up the oven heat a bit. I love how the sauce glazes over the bacon. Delish!
  5. Bonnie Young
    Kitten I have been making these little gems for many many years. I learned in from my MIL who did lots of catering. She called them Rumake although they are not a true recipe for Rumake. I think the thing too many people do is drown them in the sauce. I prefer them just drizzled with the sauce just like you do. That way you just get a hint of the spicyness with the great taste of the bacon. I do use regular catsup and add tobasco sauce amount depending on who they are being served to. I have some baking in the oven right now and the house smells heavenly. I was going to post this but now I found I don't need to. Thanks for sharing!



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