Welcome to the first ever Foodie Friday link up! I’ve linked up with a few other bloggers to bring you some yummy recipes that you might be inspired to make for Valentine’s Day. It’s a week from now, so you will have plenty of time to go shopping. Make sure you click around and visit everyone’s link and pin the recipes that look tasty to you so you don’t lose them!
This Valentine’s Day, we are probably going to see a movie and spend a quiet night in afterwards. I am looking forward to eating finger foods and vegging so I’m looking for a few quick, easy, and cheap recipes that I can throw together. I’m not really concerned about a healthy meal that day because to me, Valentine’s Day is all about indulgence and spending time with the people you love. Of course, the first recipe that came to mind was something my mother-in-law makes and I LOVE…Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts. 

The first step is super easy. Just gather three things. You’ll want to grab a handful of toothpicks, a can of drained water chestnuts, and bacon. Make sure you preheat the oven to 375 degrees before starting this step! Slice the whole pack of bacon in half on your cutting board so that you’re dealing with half slices. Since you’re dealing with raw meat, don’t forget to have everything out that you’ll need before you start so you’re not reaching your hand with germs into the toothpick container or into the drawer for a can opener. 

You’ll then start wrapping your half slices of bacon around the water chestnuts, and secure in place with a toothpick. Arrange them on a baking sheet. You don’t need to grease the baking sheet or spray it with anything. Because we are cooking with bacon, that gives off enough grease of its own! 
Pop them in the oven for 45 minutes, and when they are all done, drain off the grease. Leave the oven on because you’ll be using it again!
Combine 12 oz. of ketchup and 1/2 cup of brown sugar together, to pour over the bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Just a word of warning- if you ever plan on doubling the recipe, you don’t need to double the sauce. I have doubled the entire recipe before and you will end up with far too much of the ketchup sauce if you double it. If you triple or quadruple the recipe, just add a bit more of the sauce. 

You will put the sauce over the bacon wrapped water chestnuts in a baking dish and bake for an additional 20 minutes just to heat the sauce and let everything marinate for a bit. And then you’re done. 
This is such a great thing to munch on with a glass of wine, or great for having company over. I love that there are so few ingredients, and the ketchup and brown sugar might already be sitting in your pantry! It’s always a hit for parties, the Super Bowl, kids, you name it. It’s a crowd pleaser that everyone loves, and I can’t wait to snack on it on Valentine’s Day! 
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