Y’all. I thought the turnaround time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was quick, but New Years Eve is fast approaching and one week is just not enough time to recover from all that Christmas cheer that got in my belly. I feel like Santa’s fat sack. Um…hello…gutter mind. The big one that he carries over his shoulder and fills with presents, only I’m filled with wine, cheese and shortbread cookies. Pass me a Gas-X.
Every year my parents have a Christmas Eve shindig over at their house and a few years back my mother made these little morsels. I was all like..”I do NOT like water chestnuts.” (gag) After a few glasses of wine I was like “These are the best things on the face of the earth plus the moon.”
So I set out to the grocery store looking for the five ingredients in this recipe. I’m telling ya. I had a time trying to locate the water chestnuts. Just when you think you’re a professional grocery getter you get a curve ball like water chestnuts thrown your way. Veggie aisle, why you no have water chestnuts? What the hell is a water chestnut anyway and what durn aisle can I find them on? Water? Canned seafood lives in water. Canned seafood aisle, why you no have water chestnuts either?
Like a man resisting directions I finally had to ask for help. Chinese food aisle…I have never been so mad at you for hiding water chestnuts in you…on the bottom shelf no less.
If you’re planning on having a New Years Eve Party or will be attending one, these are the things to bring. Each bite is perfection with a mix of crunchy, salty and sweet. Bacon…it’s not just for doughnuts anymore.
And now for the easy peasy recipeasy…
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 16 oz sliced bacon
- 3 (5 oz) cans water chestnuts
- wooden toothpicks
- Preheat your over to 350 degrees.
- In a small saucepan combine the ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce and heat until bubbly and then remove from heat.
- Cut your bacon strips into thirds. Don't use too think of a cut of bacon for this or it wont get crispy.
- Wrap each water chestnut with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Dip each bite into the sauce to coat thoroughly and place into a baking pan.
- Repeat with the remainder of the bacon and water chestnuts.
- Be careful not to crowd the pan. As these appetizers cook, the bacon fat renders and will fill the bottom of the pan. If you place too many in your baking dish you will end up with soggy bites.