BACON WRAPPED ORIENTAL CHESTNUTS

Bacon Wrapped Oriental Chestnuts (5)

     I’ve had this recipe forever.  It makes a great appetizer or side dish when you’re serving an Asian meal.  They are also great party grub!  Serve them with a variety of dipping sauces, Chinese mustard, or my favorite – plain old maple syrup.  I’ve included some dipping sauce recipes below that I pulled off google.  They aren’t my creations.

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup low sodium soy sauce

1 1/2” fresh ginger root, sliced or ½ tsp grated ginger powder

Two 8 oz cans Whole chestnuts, drained

Bacon (cut into thirds)

Sugar

PREPARATION:

Combine soy and ginger.  Let chestnuts marinate for about 2 hours.  Scoop nuts out and reserve juice as a base for dipping sauces.

Roll bacon around chestnut.  Secure with a toothpick.  Lightly roll in sugar.  Cook in 400°F oven 15-20 minutes or until bacon is done to desired crispness.

Hint:  Turn oven off for the last couple of minutes to save energy.  Bacon will continue to cook.

Serve with assorted dipping sauces.

DIPPING SAUCES:

HONEY SESAME SAUCE:

½ cup honey

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

Fresh ginger, cut into small slivers

Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

To a small mixing bowl add the honey, sesame oil and vinegar and soy sauce.

Whisk until combined. Pour into serving bowl and top with ginger and sesame seeds.

 

SPICY SOY SAUCE:

¼ cup soy sauce

2 tsp chili sauce, or to taste

1 tsp honey

Chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnish

To a small bowl, add soy, chili sauce and honey.  Mix until combined.  Top with green onions and sesame seeds.

 

SAVORY PEANUT SAUCE:

1 TBSP hoisin sauce

¾ cup peanut butter

¼ cup soy sauce

Hot water

Chopped peanuts for garnish

To a small bowl, add hoisin, peanut butter, soy, and ½ tsp hot water.  Whisk until smooth.  Add more water if too thick.  Pour into serving bowl and top with chopped peanuts.

 

WASABI SAUCE:

2 TBSP soy sauce

¼ cup honey

1 TBSP fresh lime juice

2 tsp wasabi

In a small saucepan, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring, until sauce thickens.  4 – 5 minutes.

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