Author Notes: Why are they genius? Well, they’re delicious. There is always a fight over them, and never one left behind. It’s four ingredients (not counting the chutney) and — like some of the most genius recipes we’ve seen — you don’t really need a recipe to remember them. Adapted slightly from The Elegant Hors d’Oeuvre by Margon Edney and Ede Grimm (Tofua Press, 1977). —Genius Recipes
Serves: a crowd
Bacon (1/2 slice for each water chestnut)
- Cut bacon strips in half and lay them on a cookie sheet. Scoop some Dijon mustard into a small bowl and brown sugar into another. Spread each bacon slice with mustard, then sprinkle generously with brown sugar. Place a water chestnut on each slice, roll up, and secure with a toothpick. (Tip: If you’re short a water chestnut, cut a big one in half!)
- To crisp all sides evenly, you can place the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts on a rack set above a baking sheet, but the rack isn’t necessary. Bake 20 minutes in a 375°F oven, or until bacon is crisp. You can use the broiler to speed this up — just watch them closely, and flip them as needed. Serve with a small bowl of chutney for dipping, or just eat them all as is.
Photo by James Ransom