Campfire Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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Published: 02/10/2022 | Updated: 02/15/2024

The Campfire Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts recipe marries the smokiness of bacon with the crisp texture of water chestnuts, offering a sweet and savory treat that’s ideal for energizing any camping journey.

These delightful bites, easy to prepare with just a few simple ingredients, promise both a burst of flavor and a boost of energy to accompany your outdoor adventures.

Perfect for sharing around the campfire, this dish adds a touch of gourmet to wilderness dining, ensuring your camping meals are anything but ordinary.

 

Campfire Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

 

Just wrap some bacon around each water chestnut, then bake them in the oven until they’re crispy. Serve them hot with a dipping sauce, or enjoy them cold as a snack.

Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are a great snack option for those who want something savory and sweet. They are very simple to prepare and they taste amazing.

Every year on our annual camping trip with my husband’s huge family, we host an appetizer night at our campground. Last year, I made this campfire bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. They were delicious!

They were simple to make and enjoyed by everyone. It’s always a challenge to try to create an appetizer that can be cooked right over a campfire. This one turned out really well.

Obviously, it’s hard to go wrong with anything wrapped in bacon!

Campfire Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can whole water chestnuts
  • soy sauce to cover
  • 1 package bacon
  • foil tray
  • aluminum foil

Directions:

  1. Drain the water chestnuts.
  2. Cover them in soy sauce and allow them to soak for several hours. (see note below)*
  3. Cut each piece of bacon in half widthwise.
  4. Wrap each water chestnut in bacon slices and place in a foil baking tray.
  5. Cover the tray in foil and place it on the grill over the campfire until the bacon is crisp.
  6. Optional: Serve with toothpicks.

*Note: When I make bacon-wrapped water chestnuts at home, I soak the water chestnuts in soy sauce in a bowl, but when we’re camping, I just soak them right in the can. Less dishes!

Campfire Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

 

Campfire Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Author: The Endless Appetite

Ingredients

  • 1  can whole water chestnuts
  • soy sauce to cover
  • 1 package  bacon
  • foil tray
  • aluminum foil

Instructions

  • Drain the water chestnuts.
  • Cover them in soy sauce and allow them to soak for several hours. (see note below)*
  • Cut each piece of bacon in half widthwise.
  • Wrap each water chestnut in bacon slices and place in a foil baking tray.
  • Cover the tray in foil and place on the grill over the campfire until the bacon is crisp.
  • Optional: Serve with toothpicks.

Notes

When I make bacon-wrapped water chestnuts at home, I soak the water chestnuts in soy sauce in a bowl, but when we're camping, I just soak them right in the can.

In conclusion, campfire bacon-wrapped water chestnuts make a delicious and easy appetizer for any outdoor gathering, favorite summer, lazy summer days, dinner parties, days of summer, and holiday parties. They are simple to prepare and can be cooked over a campfire or on the grill.

So next time you are planning an outdoor party, be sure to add these tasty treats to the menu! And if you can’t make it outdoor, you can try bacon wrapped water chestnuts in air fryer.

 

How to cook water chestnuts from a can?

Cooking water chestnuts from a can is simple and quick. Drain the water chestnuts and rinse them under cold water. These can be used as is for salads and stir-fries, adding a crunchy texture.

For a warm dish, sauté the water chestnuts in a pan with a little oil over medium heat until they are heated through, about 5-7 minutes. You can season them with soy sauce for an Asian-inspired side dish, making them versatile in various recipes.

How to cook bacon over a fire? 

Cooking bacon over a fire brings a smoky flavor that enhances its natural taste. First, ensure the fire has burned down to a bed of hot coals; a too-hot flame can burn the bacon. Use a grill grate over the coals, and lay the bacon strips over it, turning frequently to cook evenly.

The bacon will drip fat, so be cautious of flare-ups. This method is a staple for campfire appetizers, offering a deliciously crispy result.

How to roast chestnuts on a fire? 

To roast chestnuts on a fire, first, make a small incision in each chestnut to prevent them from exploding. Then, please place them in a cast iron skillet or on a grill grate over the campfire embers. Roast, stirring occasionally, until the shells peel back and the chestnuts are tender for about 15-20 minutes.

Roasting chestnuts on fire is a traditional winter treat, providing a warm, nutty snack perfect for outdoor gatherings.

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