These Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are an essentail Christmas appetizer recipe!

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

Like a lot of folks, I have a hard time resisting anything made with bacon. Among my bacony favorites are these Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts.

My family often enjoys bacon-wrapped water chestnuts during winter holiday parties, but this tasty appetizer is equally delicious at warm-weather gatherings. And of course, I’ve given the standard recipe an IBC twist. Check out my Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts!

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These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

If this appetizer is new to you, you’re in for a treat. If you’ve tasted the usual version, I think you’re going to love my take on it.

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts:

For this recipe, I didn’t cut the water chestnuts in half. With regular bacon, I wouldn’t recommend this. However, I used thick-cut bacon, so a single water chestnut is the perfect size.

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

To make one, you simply wrap a half slice of bacon around a water chestnut and hold it in place with a toothpick.

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

Once the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are cooked, remove them from the oven, drain the grease, and top them with a cranberry-infused sweet chili sauce. Then, pop them back in the oven to finish cooking.

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

I love the burst of tartness and extra bit of crunchy texture that the cranberries give this classic dish.

You can print the recipe below so you don’t miss a step.

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

Want more Christmas appetizer recipes? Try these:

Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

The bacon truly is the star of this dish. Although water chestnuts don’t have much flavor by themselves, they soak up the delicious flavors of the bacon and cranberry chili sauce. Plus, they add an enjoyable crunch to these bite-sized treats. Yummy!

Have fun making and eating these Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts!

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Servings: 3 dozen   |   Prep Time: 15 mins   |   Cook Time: 1 hr   |   Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe
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These Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are an essentail Christmas appetizer recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds thick-cut bacon slices cut in half
  • 2 cans (8 ounces) whole water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries whole and halved
  • Toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wrap each water chestnut with a half strip of bacon. Insert a toothpick through the center with the seam-side down. Place in a baking dish. Continue wrapping all the water chestnuts, creating a single layer in your baking dish.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked. Drain off the grease. Be careful when doing this because the pan and grease will be extremely hot.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, brown sugar, chili sauce, and cranberries. (For the cranberries, I like a mix of whole cranberries and cranberries that I’ve sliced in half.)
  5. Pour the sauce over the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Return to the oven and bake for another 30 minutes. Serve warm.

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

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Comments

  • Kathy at

    Hi Michael,

    This looks delicious. What type of chili sauce did you use?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Just Heinz. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Keith at

    I grew up in western PA, and I fondly remember these being served at many a party.

  • Sabrina at

    another great recipe, thank you, and perfect serving size for entertaining, love the chili sauce kick too, along with the cranberry “garnush” thank you!

  • Maureen at

    Michael,

    One more time you have blown me away. You simply have the best taste. No pun intended, lol. One question – I have always seen and made these with the toothpicks (love the pretty ones you used by the way), do you think that these could be made with pretzel sticks? It’s the baking part that may not work by making the pretzels over done or would the water chestnuts break down the pretzel first? Interested in your opinion.

    Maureen

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! No, I don’t think that would work. I think the pretzel would turn to much and be hard to push through the chestnuts.

      xo Michael

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