Friday, November 25, 2011

Anything But Turkey...

Every year, part of my Thanksgiving tradition is attending a party thrown in my town called the 'Anything But Turkey Party' or as we all call it the 'ABT.' As you can probably tell from the name it is a potluck type shindig where anything but turkey can be served up. This year we're bringing one of my family's favorite hors devours and I thought I'd share the recipe with you. Warning, they are addictive and a bit naughty to say the least.

Mama T's Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

*One Bottle Soy Sauce
*1/4 box Brown Sugar
*3-4 cans Water Chestnuts (whole)
*Bacon (2-3 packages should do)
*Mango Chutney (mom suggests using Major Greys) or alternatively peach chutney works very well

Here's a pic of them in production.

Preheat the oven to 350 F
Line a sheet pan with non stick foil
Mix soy sauce (I prefer Kikoman) and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
Drain and rinse the water chestnuts.
Put them in the soy/sugar mixture and let soak for a few hours (2-3 should do it)
Cut bacon into thirds
Wrap each water chestnut in a piece of bacon
Dip back into the soy mixture to coat (you'll be glad you did this; it'll give the bite a nice glaze later)
Place bacon wrapped chestnuts on sheet pan place in oven
Bake until they are brown and crispy
Serve with chutney
P.S. Try not to eat them all before guests arrive!

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