Bachelor night Monday. 🙂
I’ll admit it – the Bachelor is totally my guilty pleasure (alright, admittedly I have more than one guilty pleasure show..this is one of the Monday-night shows!!). Alex plays hockey on Monday nights, so I’m able to watch it myself without any manly complaints ;).
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still full from the weekend. Last year we decided to have friends over to watch the Super Bowl – actually, I think our friends invited themselves, because our living room is fairly spacious! 😉 Last year I cooked up a huge Crock Pot full of chili and probably close to two dozen baked potatoes and spread out a ton of toppings, and we feasted! It was so fun – the guys watched the game, while the girls gabbed and munched on great food before and after the halftime show. We decided to do it again this year, and since last year’s table was such a hit, I went with the same game plan this year.
This Sunday was even busier than normal, because besides preparing all of our goodies for the evening, we celebrated my great friend Melissa and her sweet baby girl Kennedy with a baby shower! It was a fantastic afternoon, and of course, like any baby shower, we munched on delicious dips, appetizers, sweets and cake all afternoon! None of us expected to be hungry later on, but somehow we managed to slurp the last of the chili down later that night (although I’m sure the boys had something to do with that, too!) ;).
Since Sunday was going to be a busy day, I tried to do most of the prep work Saturday, which made things a lot easier! I knew the chili could be started Sunday morning before I had to leave for the shower and the baked potatoes and toppings could wait until I got home, but I did everything else I could on Saturday, including starting this mouthwatering appetizer – bacon-wrapped water chestnuts!
Savoury, salty bacon is wrapped around a crunchy water chestnut and baked in a spicy-sweet sauce, resulting in an irresistible, perfectly poppable bite.
This recipe is a surefire crowdpleaser, and it’s seriously so simple – my mom has been making it for a few years, and I’ve memorized it – there are only a handful of ingredients!
Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts
1 package of bacon
2 cans of whole water chestnuts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chili sauce
Start by pre-heating your oven to 350 F and cutting your bacon in half. Wrap each half-slice of bacon around a whole water chestnut, secure with a toothpick and pop ’em into an oven-safe dish.
Simple, right?! I bought sliced water chestnuts by mistake, but they worked fine – I stacked two or three slices together to maximize the crunch factor.
Meanwhile, combine the mayo, brown sugar and chili sauce into a sweet and tangy sauce and pour over the water chestnuts. If you’re preparing these a day ahead of your event, leave the sauce on the side until you’re ready to bake and store everything in the fridge. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes and watch them disappear shortly after you pull them out!
Seriously, these babies were such a hit that I didn’t even have a chance to take a picture of the finish product. I was smart and divided the recipe into two dishes so the boys had their own and didn’t steal from ours! 😉 Everyone loved them, even this guy!
OK, so Travis doesn’t actually have teeth (and they are probably a little too advanced for a seven-month-old with no teeth to eat!!), but he’s so darn cute, and his parents both loved them, so I’m sure he will too someday. 🙂
Alright, back to the Bachelor. That Tierra is something else . . . !!! Not gonna lie, I’m super excited for a double dose of the drama this week!
Stay tuned for the second dose of my Super Bowl feastivities. Get it? Feast-ivities . . . ha. Wow.