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Recipe Rescue: 24 Days of Thanksgiving; Easy Appetizing Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts

As we continue to get ready for Thanksgiving remember, most of the appetizers or finger foods should be easy or even store bought. Add a couple homemade items to the list of pickles and crackers and you have a winner winner Thanksgiving Day Dinner. My grandmother was an incredible person. She loved to cook and loved to experiment. She had fantastic taste and instilled in me the adventurous food spirit I have today. When I think of the holidays I think of all the family that I have known and lost. I don’t get sad anymore, just love to sit in my memories sometimes this time of year. Grandma was huge on appetizers, she loved to make a great spread of food to snack on all day. One of her all time favorites were bacon wrapped chestnuts, in the summer she would cook them on the grill and in winter bake them in the oven. So let’s create some memories with this super easy recipe.

bacon wrapped chestnut 1
notbrucelee, flickr

This recipe is very similar to my bacon wrapped dates, I wrote a few months ago. Really the only big difference is the chestnut verses the date.  The taste however, is completely different. Enjoy!

What You’ll Need:

1 lb of your favorite bacon
(I use applewood smoked for almost
everything, but this is a personal
preference, they will all work well
with the chestnut)
2 cans of whole chestnuts, drained
toothpicks

Putting It All Together:

Preheat the oven to 375

cut the bacon in half, if there is excessive fat trim it just a bit wrap each whole chestnut
with a half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick cook for 20-25 minutes turning baking
sheet once, halfway through baking. I serve them just the way the are but have seen many make a
sauce, such as a barbecue or teriyaki with them. I like them just the way they are, but if you decided
to serve them with a sauce mix your sauce, put in a pan, add the chestnuts and bake an additional
7 minutes, put them in a serving bowl with the sauce and enjoy.

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