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Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts with Spicy Mustard Dip

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Every now and then I look for new ingredients to add to my rotation so I’m not eating the same foods over and over again. These Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts were a delicious way to discover this Asian favorite that was new to me and my family.

It’s so easy to whip up too! Of course, bacon makes it ultimately so much better.

Benefits of Water Chestnuts

Water chestnuts are a low-calorie, low-fat, and low-carbohydrate vegetable that is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are particularly high in potassium, which is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. They also contain antioxidants that can help to protect the body against cellular damage.

Additionally, the high fiber content in water chestnuts can aid digestion and help keep you feeling full, making them a great food to include in weight loss diets. They are also gluten-free, making them a great option for people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.

Overall, water chestnuts are a nutritious and versatile vegetable that can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes, from stir-fries to salads.

Fresh water chestnuts are best, as canned ones can lack flavor and the firm texture you’re looking for. If you can’t find fresh, these canned whole-water chestnuts should do the trick.

Adding the bacon certainly ups the flavor and makes this the perfect snack or complete meal.

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts Keto-Friendly

Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are a tasty little appetizer. In this version, honey provides a touch of sweetness, while a spicy mustard dip adds some heat. Together, they create a winning combination that will soon become a new family favorite!

This recipe isn’t exactly keto, but that’s okay. Remember, this site is called on and off keto for a reason. With that said, this bacon-wrapped water chestnuts recipe isn’t full of sugar or processed carbs, so I love it.

If you are strict with your keto diet, feel free to swap out the honey with this keto-friendly sweetener. You may also want to try this sugar-free honey mustard sauce for the dip. That way, you can stay 100% committed to your keto diet.

Why I Love These Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Let’s be honest for a second. Water chestnuts on their own are pretty bland and flavorless, but water chestnuts wrapped in bacon? Well, that just takes on a whole other level of yum!!

I love the fact that they are so easy to make (ready in 35 minutes) and require few ingredients, with bacon and water chestnuts being the main stars of the show.

They’re cute enough to serve as appetizers at your holiday gatherings, too! And they’re portable, so you can meal-prep them and take them for lunch or to a picnic, potluck, or other event. What a versatile recipe to have in your arsenal.

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What You Need to Make Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

These simple-to-make water chestnuts wrapped in bacon require few ingredients.

  • 8 strips of center-cut bacon
  • 1/3 c. gluten-free soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp honey, preferably local (use sweetener to make these keto-friendly)
  • 2 8- oz. cans of water chestnuts rinsed and drained
  • ¾ c. Greek yogurt
  • 2½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

  1. Cut bacon strips in half lengthwise, then cut each thin strip into 3 equal sections for a total of 48 pieces. Set aside.
  2. Mix soy sauce and honey in a medium mixing bowl. Add water chestnuts and turn to coat. Marinate at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes, turning water chestnuts 2-3 times during that time.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F and place a metal rack inside a large, rimmed baking sheet. Spray rack with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  4. Drain water chestnuts, but reserve the marinade. Wrap each water chestnut with a piece of bacon, then repeat with a second strip on the opposite side. Secure both pieces of bacon with a toothpick and place them on the baking rack.
  5. Repeat with the remaining water chestnuts, drizzling each appetizer with reserved marinade on all sides. Place the prepared baking sheet in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then remove it from the oven and brush it with more marinade before returning it to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
  6. While the water chestnuts are roasting, combine Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, and parsley in a small bowl. Season salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  
  7. When finished, remove the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts from the oven and serve immediately with the spicy mustard sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

Variations and Suggestions

While I’ve prepared a spicy dip for these scrumptious and delectable water chestnuts wrapped in bacon, you can use whatever kind of dip you want! Here are a few to try.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts with Spicy Mustard Dip

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Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts with Spicy Mustard Dip

This recipe features savory bacon-wrapped water chestnuts paired with a tangy and spicy mustard dip. The water chestnuts add a crunchy texture, while the bacon provides a salty and smoky flavor. The mustard dip adds a kick of heat and acidity, making for a delicious and satisfying appetizer. Be prepared to love it!
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Course: Other Recipes, Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Iva Ursano

Ingredients

  • 8 strips center-cut bacon
  • 1/3 c. gluten-free soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp honey preferably local
  • 2 8- oz. can water chestnuts rinsed and drained
  • ¾ c. Greek yogurt
  • tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut bacon strips in half lengthwise, then cut each thin strip into 3 equal sections for a total of 48 pieces. Set aside.
    8 strips center-cut bacon
  • Mix soy sauce and honey in a medium mixing bowl. Add water chestnuts and turn to coat. Marinate at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes, turning water chestnuts 2-3 times during that time.
    1/3 c. gluten-free soy sauce, 3 tbsp honey, 2 8- oz. can water chestnuts
  • Preheat oven to 400°F and place a metal rack inside a large, rimmed baking sheet. Spray rack with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Drain water chestnuts, but reserve the marinade. Wrap each water chestnut with a piece of bacon, then repeat with a second strip on the opposite side. Secure both pieces of bacon with a toothpick and place on baking rack.
  • Repeat with remaining water chestnuts. Each appetizer with reserved marinade on all sides. Place prepared baking sheet in preheated oven for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and brush with more marinade before returning to oven for another 10-15 minutes.
  • While the water chestnuts are roasting, combine Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, and parsley in a small bowl. Season salt and black pepper, to taste. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  
    ¾ c. Greek yogurt, 2½ tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp hot sauce, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, 2 tbsp fresh parsley, Sea salt and black pepper
  • When finished, remove the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts from the oven and serve immediately with the spicy mustard sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

Notes

Please note that the high carb count on these bacon-wrapped water chestnuts is largely due to the honey so if you really prefer to stay keto, use a keto-friendly sweetener. 

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 965mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 234IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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2 Comments

  1. Dawn Gowgiel says:

    How much honey do you use? I don’t see it in the ingredient list.

    1. i added it now, 3T! Sorry I missed it there…

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