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Paleo Happy Hour’s Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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She shares a thorough introduction to Paleo entertaining, info-graphics to quickly answer your question “what booze IS Paleo-friendly,” and over 20 recipes to help you embrace your confident, healthy, mixologist self.

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THE RECIPE

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The fabulous Kelly generously gave me permission to share one of her unbelievably tasty recipes here with you today!

You may have seen bacon-wrapped water chestnuts before – but you haven’t seen them like this!

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We’re going to marinate the water chestnuts in some coconut aminos, roll in a little coconut sugar {do I have your attention yet?}, then let the bacon do its magic.

These little morsels come together in no time and will quickly become the party favorite.

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Let’s get to work!

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We’re starting off with a couple 8 ounce cans of water chestnuts.

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I got a new can opener for Christmas! My thoughtful boyfriend {Austin} decided it was time for me to have a can opener that doesn’t cut jagged edges or push the lid in the can. Happy happy!

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To marinate the water chestnuts, I recommend you use coconut aminos. If you have a hard time finding coconut aminos {which tastes JUST like soy sauce – maybe even better} then you can use the gluten-free soy sauce, Tamari.

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Drain all the water out of the cans and then replace it with the coconut aminos. Let them marinate for 15 minutes.

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In the meantime, we can cut up our bacon! I think that really cold bacon is much easier to cut – so pop it in the freezer about 10 minutes before you plan to prep.

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Cut the pound of bacon in half.

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Then cut each of those pieces in half.

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Kelly’s instructions are to bake the water chestnuts in a glass dish that has been sprayed with avocado oil, pouring the bacon grease out during the cooking process so that they will crisp. I’m going to throw out a slight alternative – cook them on a wire rack! The bacon grease will drain down into the lined baking sheet while the bacon crisps wonderfully on top.

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While your 15 minute timer for the marinate is winding down, we grab our last ingredient! Coconut sugar is a great Paleo-friendly dry sweetener I recommend you keep on hand. Austin uses it to sweeten his coffee!

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Pour about ¼ cup into a bowl.

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Got all your pieces ready? Don’t forget the toothpicks!

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Take each water chestnut from the coconut aminos marinade and roll it in the coconut sugar.

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Get a good coating!

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Wrap this sugar’d water chestnut in one piece of the bacon.

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Then pierce with a toothpick.

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Lay on the wire rack!

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Repeat for the rest of the water chestnuts then place the sheet in the oven at 400 F for 30 – 35 minutes, or until wonderfully crispy.

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When these come out of the oven, your house will smell incredible.

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Great for entertaining! Everyone who was lucky enough to grab a bite LOVED them.

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They’re sweet, salty, crunchy, crispy, and hard to stop eating.

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Paleo Happy Hour’s Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Yield: 4-8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 8-ounce cans of whole water chestnuts
  • coconut aminos {or tamari}
  • 1 pound bacon, each piece cut into 4’s
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • avocado oil in an oil mister {if you bake in the glass dish}

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Drain the water chestnuts and leave them in the can. Cover with the coconut aminos and let soak for 15 minutes.
  3. Drain water chestnuts then roll in the coconut sugar. Wrap with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Spray a glass baking dish with the avocado oil then lay pieces inside or simply place the pieces on a wire rack over a baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 400 F for 30-35 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp.
  6. Let cool then enjoy!

Recipe from Paleo Happy Hour

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13 Responses to “Paleo Happy Hour’s Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts”

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    gastronomietteposted January 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    omg I love water chestnuts!

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    A Mindful Mantraposted January 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    SO creative! I love that you soaked the chestnuts then rolled them in coconut sugar. Sounds amazing!

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    Janeposted December 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    This is an excellent recipe. So easy and good.

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    Suzeposted January 25, 2015 at 2:09 am

    These are awesome, but I add a chunk of sweet onion and a square chunk of unsweetened pineapple under the bacon, next to the water chestnut. You will never get them out of the kitchen before they disappear.

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    Kateposted July 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    what a great twist on dates wrapped in bacon so creative love it.

    • Cassy replied: — July 25th, 2016 @ 6:57 am

      It’s so cleaver, isn’t it?

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    Erinposted December 24, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Excellent recipe

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