Mum used to make bacon wrapped water chestnuts for entrées when they’d have guests over for dinner parties. I used to love them! When I made rice paper bacon recently I thought of making rice paper bacon wrapped water chestnuts!
So, rice paper bacon. Sounds weird, right? Well, I’m telling you, it is SO good! I found a recipe by Yup, it’s Vegan, and modified it. We’ve been having it on BLT sandwiches with tempeh and it’s such a winner! And it’s really easy to make! We’ve been frying ours for the sandwiches but baked is just as good too.
I love the crunch of water chestnuts! They are one of my favourite vegetables! I definitely need to use them in more recipes! So far I’ve only used water chestnuts in this one and our Tofu Lettuce Cups (San Choy Bow) recipe.
Chipotle powder has such a great, smoky flavour! I found some in the USA a while back and I’ve started using it a lot in my cooking. It’s a little harder to get in Australia, but you could order it online. I read recently that paprika is a good substitute for chipotle, but I’ve used both ingredients in this recipe! I also got some liquid smoke from World Vegan Day in Melbourne yesterday! You can find this online or at a cruelty free supermarket.
Usually I put savoury yeast flakes in the mixture too, but I forgot this time. It gives it a great flavour if you have it handy.
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Impress your friends at your next vegan dinner party with these tasty and crunchy morsels of Rice Paper Bacon wrapped water chestnuts!
- 1 225g tin of sliced or whole water chestnuts drained
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp Tamari or gluten free soy sauce
- 2 sheets of rice paper
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 tsp tamari
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
- 1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- A few drops of liquid smoke
Mix the brown sugar and tamari in a small bowl. Add water chestnuts and let marinate for 10 to 15 minutes
Pre heat oven to 180℃
Mix all the ingredients (except the rice paper) for the rice paper bacon in a bowl and stir with a fork or whisk until combined well
Soak a sheet of rice paper in some warm water for around 20 seconds. Then slice into 10 pieces. This will be five slices down and one across
Dip one piece of the rice paper into the rice paper bacon mixture and then wrap it around a water chestnut and pierce with a toothpick to hold it in place. Do this with the remaining pieces of rice paper
Bake them on a baking tray lined with baking paper for 15 to 20 minutes until crispy