My friend Lisa and I have been throwing parties together for almost 15 years now. We have a menu that we (or maybe just I) call “Party Pattern Alpha” that consists of crowd pleasing dips, appetizers, and hors d’oeuvres. Our menu because pretty standard and we could throw it all together in a couple of hours.
One evening, probably 10 years into our friendship, Lisa pulled these bad boys out of the oven and set them on the counter at a party (I believe this was a bacon-themed party). Our gathering examined the new offerings, tasted them, immediately feel in love with them, and devoured these salty, crispy, bacony treats with reckless abandon. When we asked Lisa where she got the recipe, she nonchalantly replied, “Oh my dad’s been making them for all of my life.”
That was the day we all found out that our own Lisa had been keeping secrets from us all – bacony secrets.
- 1 Cup Soy Sauce
- 3 Cans Whole Water Chestnuts
- 1 lb Bacon
- Strain the water chestnuts and put them into a quart sized zip-top bag.
- Add the soy sauce to the bag, squeeze out all of the air, seal and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 375° and line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Cut the bacon into thirds.
- Strain the water chestnuts and discard the leftover soy sauce.
- Wrap one piece of bacon around each of the water chestnuts and secure with a toothpick.
- Place on the pan and cook for about 20 minutes until the bacon starts to look crispy and delicious.
- Remove from pan and serve hot.
To avoid skin irritation from the soy sauce, wear hospital-type gloves when you’re wrapping and skewering. We keep a box of gloves in the kitchen for this and similar procedures.
These amazing appetizers will freeze so that they’re ready to party when you are. After wrapping the chestnuts in bacon and securing with the toothpick, freeze them on a sheet pan. Once they’ve frozen, transfer them to a plastic container for their long-term storage. Steer clear of bags for this one…those toothpicks are pointy!
The water chestnut is not a nut at all – it’s a vegetable that grows under water in the mud. Mmmmm!