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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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bacon wrapped water chestnuts appetizer 

OK, this one is not healthy, and it's kind of a pain in the neck to make - but it's a favorite party appetizer. I personally love 'em, if someone else makes them!

Original Version -

1 can whole water chestnuts, drained

1 lb. bacon, strips cut in half

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400 F

Wrap each water chestnut with 1/2 strip bacon, secure with wooden toothpick

Place in a single layer on cookie sheet

Mix ketchup and brown sugar until completely mixed

Spoon over water chestnuts

Bake until bacon is crisp - 30-40 minutes

Version 2 - 

At least this version, you use pre-cooked bacon so you don't have to cook the bacon first. That helps -

12 slices fully cooked bacon, cut in half crosswise
1 8 oz. can whole water chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup Mayo
1/2 cup brown sugar - packed
1/4 cup chili sauce

Heat oven to 350 F.

Wrap bacon around water chestnuts and hold in place with toothpicks

Place wrapped chestnuts in a shallow baking dish.

Mix remaining ingredients and pour over water chestnuts.

Bake 30 minutes.

Makes 24 - which is not very many. You'll probably want to double that.

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