Monday, January 28, 2013

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts or Pineapple Chunks for Super Bowl

Sometimes oldies are the best, but have to have a makeover!   I was searching for an appetizer to take to a friend's house for dinner, and thought of these Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts or Pineapple Chunks, which I made a zillion years ago.  However, I  changed up the recipe a bit to make them healthier. I subbed turkey bacon for regular bacon,  Also, I used reduced sodium Teriyaki sauce to marinate the water chestnuts, which had less sodium, than low sodium soy sauce. You just have to read labels. If you aren't on a restricted diet, you can use regular bacon and Teriyaki or soy sauce. These would be a perfect addition to  your Super Bowl menu,  healthy.sweet, salty, crunchy bites dipped in BBQ sauce. Shhh!  Don't tell your guests that they are healthy. They are easy to make with only a few ingredients, and will be a hit at your party.

I needed one of these babies to soothe my jangled nerves.  Now, we live in a wooded area, but we saw five coyotes in our neighbor's yard adjacent  ours , in half an hour., over the weekend.  We have Bailey the Wonder Dog, who is about 35 lbs, and wouldn't stand a chance against a pack of coyotes.  We have never seen that many coyotes, or even in pairs before this weekend. All of our neighbors are worried for the safety of our pets.  Now, when Bailey goes outside, she is on a leash, so scary. I am calling animal control, and our village office today.  I need to vent! Wish me luck! 

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts or Pineapple Chunks

Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees F


1 (8 ounce) cans whole water chestnuts, drained

1 1/4 cups Low sodium Teriyaki

12 slices turkey bacon, cut in half  (I used Trader Joe’s Uncured Turkey Bacon)

1 (15 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained


1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray’s


1.Marinate water chestnuts in Teriyaki sauce for several hours or overnight.    
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, sprayed with cooking spray.
3. Drain the water chestnuts, discarding the Teriyaki sauce. Place a    pineapple chunk in the center of each piece of bacon, or a water chestnut  Fold the ends of the bacon over the water chestnut or pineapple chunk, and secure with a toothpick.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn the pieces over, and continue baking 15 to 35 minutes longer until the bacon has cooked to your desired degree of doneness.  

 5. Serve with BBQ dipping sauce if desired.

l linked up my recipe to Brandie@The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck #52
 Stop by and say Hi to Brandie! 


  1. Becky, this healthier version looks completely appetizing...nice work! Best wishes in abating the unwanted neighborhood intruders. Be safe and sound.

    1. Brooks,
      We loved the healthier version, and there was less grease to deal with. Thank you for your concern, regarding the coyotes.

  2. Oh thanks for getting me in the mood for the superbowl!! Delicious, healthier and SO much flavor!
    Mary x

    1. Mary,
      These little bites have several layers of flavor, so tasty.

  3. I absolutely love bacon wrapped water chestnuts....everything is better with bacon! I will definitely be trying this, sounds like a winner for a super bowl party! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Valley Chow

    1. Eric,
      These are perfect little bites for a Super Bowl Party! You don't even need a plate.

  4. Very nice appetizer, I can imagine that teriyaki sauce and bacon really went well with chestnuts!

    1. Medeja,
      The flavor combinations in this appetizer go very well with the BBQ sauce

  5. I hope they did something about the coyotes, that sounds scary. I don't think I've ever had a bacon wrapped chestnut before. I don't think making it healthier would hurt it one bit. Funny thing you mentioned coyotes, we have a lot around here where I live and the other day I saw one out in the middle of the day and on a busy street, I thought that was really strange. Happy Monday Becky.

    1. Gina,
      I called about the coyotes, and go nowhere, only to hear that coyotes are indigenous to this area, and to watch your pets. Very frustrated to say the least.

      The healthier versions of this apptizer are just a good, or better, than the original version:)

  6. What a delicious snack to accompany your awesome Super Bowl :)

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru,
      Bacon, even turkey bacon, makes everything taste better.

  7. This kind of recipe SCREAMS my name! They look mouth-watering. I've done the chestnuts but never just the pineapple chunks. What a fabulous idea. Love your 'healthier options' too. Thanks a million for sharing at last week's Weekend Potluck!

  8. This recipe is my personal favorite at Weekend Potluck today. Please come over and grab your Featured Button. MMMM!

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