Bacon-Encased Water Chestnuts Recipe
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Bacon-Encased Water Chestnuts Recipe

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My husband and I do lots of entertaining and always start off with appetizers like these tempting morsels.—Midge Scurlock, Creston, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 8 bacon strips
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) whole water chestnuts, drained
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 jar (2-1/2 ounces) strained peach baby food
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Dash salt

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 155 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 363 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Cut bacon strips in half lengthwise and then in half widthwise. Wrap each bacon piece around a water chestnut; secure with a toothpick.
  2. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes, turning once; drain if necessary.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drizzle over water chestnuts. Bake 25-35 minutes longer or until bacon is crisp. Serve warm. Yield: 32 appetizers.
Originally published as Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts in Taste of Home April/May 2002, p44

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Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"These are great. I always drain off the juice before drizzling with sauce.Sometimes I cut the water chestnuts in half."

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