Bacon Water Chestnut Wraps Recipe
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Bacon Water Chestnut Wraps Recipe

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The holidays around the house just wouldn't be the same without these classic wraps. Through the years, Christmas Eve guests have proven it's impossible to eat just one. —Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 pound bacon strips
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) whole water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 225 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 397mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Cut bacon strips in half. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until almost crisp; drain. Wrap each bacon piece around a water chestnut and secure with a toothpick. Place in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mayonnaise and chili sauce; pour over water chestnuts. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Bacon Water Chestnut Wraps in Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2001 , p24

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dmsaari User ID: 1718185 258571
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"I marinate my water chestnuts in soy sauce and then roll in brown sugar and wrap in bacon. Yummy!!"

LYNN3029 User ID: 8496179 258553
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"Delicious and requested over and over. One guest said I should bottle the sauce. I do use the precooked bacon because it is easier, but probably not as good as the recommended brand which is not available."

shrnrose User ID: 4351610 258543
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"These are also great with 1/2 piece of water chestnut and a piece of chunk pineapple."

Susie77 User ID: 98373 258536
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"Delicious! Years ago made a very similar recipe only with pineapple chunks instead of the water chestnuts. In my old age I developed an allergy to pineapple so this was a welcome substitute for a delicious appetizer. I did cheat a bit and exchanged chili sauce for BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's)."

Lynn49Too User ID: 8928491 254834
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"Here in Canada we've always used maple syrup drizzled over them then baked...they're addictive! I will try this recipe for a change of pace, thank you!"

clcrow User ID: 5187283 244762
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"Taken this to several parties and it is always the first to go! Love it!"

sandy_mc User ID: 6063169 204584
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"My daughter made these at Christmas. I was amazed at the great flavor! Not like anything I've ever had before!"

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 32850
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"my family over Thanksgiving gobbled these up. I even made a double batch"

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 33962
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"I served these last night at a New Year's Eve party we hosted. I partially cooked the bacon in the microwave, using paper towel to absorb some of the excess grease and maybe reduce the fat content a bit. They were delicious. You could assemble these ahead of time and refrigerate for a couple of hours; just remember to add a few minutes to the baking time when you do pop them into the oven. After they were done, I kept them warm by placing them in a crock pot and pouring the sauce over the top. I easily halved the recipe and, for variety, used the other strips of bacon to wrap around little smokies, sprinkled those with brown sugar and baked them in the oven at the same time as water chestnuts. Nice variety on the buffet table!"

hadunfey75 User ID: 3853404 93319
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"We've been making these for years. People are always shocked by what they are, but they love them. They can be addictive. Party staple."

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