bacon wrapped water chestnuts

another great game day appetizer has to be the all time favorite baked water chestnut.  there are many recipes for this great snack, but i found one that seems to work nicely for me every time.  it comes from the kappa alumnae association from grosse pointe michigan.  this recipe takes about 2 hours total in preparation and baking time, so it is not a quick appetizer. however; it is worth the wait.

using one package of high quality bacon, cut the strips into thirds.  wrap two cans of drained whole water chestnuts and secure each with a toothpick.  place on a foil lined baking sheet in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour, based on your oven temperature. the foil is key, as it contributes to a very easy clean up after the game is over.

next, mix 1/3 cup ketchup with 1/2 cup brown sugar.  remove the appetizer from the oven, dip in the sauce mixture, and return to the oven to complete the baking process.  DECREASE the oven temperature to 300 degrees and continue to bake for 40 minutes or until the appetizer looks browned.

serve on a bed of romaine lettuce and watch these tasty treats disappear.  this is a hot appetizer served straight from the oven, so it cannot be made in advance.  these are always a favorite for game day.

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