Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts: The Perfect Christmas Appetizer!

"Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!" - Its a Wonderful Life

Let's face it--bacon is the #1 ingredient this year. People, including me, can't get enough of it. So here is my Christmas present to all of you--the perfect appetizer featuring the perfect food--bacon! My mom made these for Christmas every year, and it was always my favorite dish.


Ingredients:

1 can whole water chesnuts 
3 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon white cooking wine
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
12 strips thin cut bacon

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Lay the water chestnuts in a shallow oven safe pan. 

2. In a mixing bowl add soy sauce, sugar, honey, chicken broth, wine, and garlic salt. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour the mixture over the water chesnuts and let them marinate for 1-2 hours.

3. Cut the bacon slices in half. Roll each water chesnut individually in a piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Ladle the marinade over the top of the bacon.

4. Cook for 20 minutes. Turn oven to broil and cook an additional 5 minutes. Serve while still warm.

6-10 appetizers servings.