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 :)
- 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.
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!
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).
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!