"Bacon" Wrapped Water Chestnuts

People will eye these from across the room, slyly make their way, pick one up, pop in their mouth and become wide-eyed with delight. Best party appetizer winner: you.



2 portobello mushrooms, stems removed and sliced into 1/8” strips
2 tablespoons coconut aminos (tamari, soy, liquid aminos also work)
1 1/4 tablespoon maple syrup
2 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
2 teaspoons of paprika
pinch of salt/pepper

8 ounce can of water chestnuts
1 tablespoon coconut aminos (tamari or liquid aminos are fine)
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of tomato paste


Preheat your oven to 375-degrees F.
Mix together the maple syrup, liquid smoke, paprika and salt/pepper. To a resealable bag, add the marinade and the mushrooms. Gently massage and allow to marinate 30 minutes.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out the mushrooms. Bake for 30 minutes.

You want them to begin to brown, but not to char. They will firm up a little as they cool. They still should be pliable enough to wrap around the water chestnuts. Mix the aminos, maple syrup and tomato paste together. Add the water chestnuts and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.

Wrap 2-3 pieces of the bacon around the water chestnuts and secure with a toothpick. Place in a parchment lined baking pan. bake for 10 minutes and brush on remaining water chestnut marinade. Bake for another 12 minutes. Serve hot.

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