These Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are an essentail Christmas appetizer 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!
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.
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.
To make one, you simply wrap a half slice of bacon around a water chestnut and hold it in place with a toothpick.
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.
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.
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!
- 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
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
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.
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.
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.)
Pour the sauce over the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Return to the oven and bake for another 30 minutes. Serve warm.