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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Appetizer Recipe

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Bacon wrapped water chestnuts make a quick and easy appetizer idea. I love appetizers, I would eat them in place of a meal any day of the week! My mouth waters at the thought of the flavor combinations that appetizers offer, sweet, spicy, salty, and savory YUMMO!

Simple and delicious appetizer recipe, a bacon lovers dream, 3 ingredients is all you need!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon wrapped appetizers

 In Hawaii we call appetizers “pupus” (I know, doesn’t sound appetizing to mainlanders, lol) give me a “pupu platter” and I’m in heaven! I’m also a huge fan of bacon (everything tastes better wrapped in bacon!), that’s one of the reasons I love this recipe so much, besides the fact that it only take 3 ingredients, is so very simple to create, and leaves your guest craving more.

No joke, every time I serve my bacon wrapped water chestnuts, they are the first thing to disappear and every time I ask what I can bring to a get together or a party,  the request is always the same.

So I decided to pass this well loved, super simple recipe on to all of you!

Appetizer ingredients

What you will need:

1 lb. of bacon (reg or thick, pork or turkey)

1- 8 oz can – whole water chestnuts

brown sugar for sprinkling on top!


pre-heat over to 350

makes approx 30-32 pieces

appetizer prep

First you need to cut the chestnuts into smaller pieces, in 1/2 for smaller and 1/3 or 1/4 for larger. Cut bacon strips into 1/3 size pieces just big enough to wrap completely around the water chestnut and overlap a little. (When using thinner bacon you can wrap it around twice)

bacon app. prep

Line a pan/cookie sheet with parchment paper, roll each piece of water chestnut in bacon and secure with a round, sharp toothpick. Sprinkle each with brown sugar. (can be prepared ahead of time if needed)

Bacon wrapped water chesnuts

Place pan of prepared appetizers into oven and bake at 350 for approx 25-30 mins, or until bacon is done to your liking. When done, remove and let cool a bit, serve warm.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts, Super Simple Appetizer Recipe

Yield: 22 pieces

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Appetizer Recipe

Bacon wrapped appetizers

Wow your guests during your next gathering with these tasty appetizers. Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are a favorite among many. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 lb bacon, reg or thick, pork or turkey
  • 8 oz whole water chestnuts
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar, for sprinkling on top
  • toothpicks, round


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Drain water from chestnuts
  3. Cut bacon strips into 3rds
  4. Cut water chestnuts in 1/2 or 1/4 size pieces
  5. Line a pan/cookie sheet with parchment paper
  6. Roll each piece of water chestnut in bacon and secure with a round, sharp toothpick (When using thinner bacon you can wrap it around twice)
  7. Sprinkle each with brown sugar
  8. Place pan of prepared appetizers into oven and bake at 350 for approx 25-30 mins, or until bacon is done to your liking.
  9. When done, remove and let cool a bit
  10. Serve warm

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 358mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Thursday 21st of December 2017

I have done these but left out the brown sugar and dipped them into barbeque sauce


Thursday 30th of January 2014

This looks delicious. I would have to use turkey bacon, but I'd definitely try it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Cheryl B.

Wednesday 25th of July 2012

Looks very yummy!

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