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This is such a simple and tasty recipe that I got several years ago from one of our volunteers at Crisis Pregnancy Center. This Rumaki was a crisis line Christmas tradition, she no longer volunteers with us but the tradition lives on!

  • 1 lb bacon cut in half
  • 2 cans of whole water chestnuts
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. You cut the bacon in half.
  2. Wrap each half around a whole water chestnut
  3. Put on broiler pan so that they won't unroll while baking with the cut end at the bottom. 
  4. Place on middle rack and broil 5 minutes, turn and broil a few more minutes, til desired doneness
  5. Brush with equal amounts of ketchup and brown sugar.
  6. Put back in the oven with the broiler SHUT OFF for a few minutes to set the glaze.
  7. Can be made ahead and reheated or frozen til you need them.
  8. Make lots, they go fast. 
  9. ENJOY!


  1. yum! We make these every Christmas Eve, except we use chicken instead. We used to make half with chicken and half with water chesnuts, but we prefer the chicken so that's what we make now. :)

  2. hey....very very nice! I like it. And you say that I have the interesting recipes...this is a great one!

  3. The last time I made rumaki was in my Home Economics cooking class in college! (early 70's) I love rumaki. Thanks for the reminder...

  4. This is a new one for me..must try it! I love water chestnuts and bacon but never thought to put them together with a glaze..yum!

  5. Mmmm...I love rumaki! There are a couple of different versions that I make, too.
    1. stuff a pitted date with water chestnuts that have been soaked in soy sauce, then wrap in bacon.
    2. wrap dried apricots in bacon and roll in brown sugar.
    All so good!!

  6. sooooo...what does the word rumaki mean? After all these versions being posted....I wouldn't mind a translation...

  7. trish, apparently it is a hawaiian appetizer, that clearly has many possibilties......i hope that helps and answers your question.

  8. I see....okay. Now...where have I been with all my inter-ethnic restaurant traipsing about that I have never heard of these? Thanks for sharing...and the variations too. Very interesting.

  9. I have never heard of this either!
    Excuse my ignorance, but do you broil them with the picks or just serve them that way?

  10. OHH!! I never knew these were called Rumaki! A friend of mine used to make them when it was her turn to bring goodies for the bible study group. They are soooooo delicious!
    Thank you for the recipe ! I'll definitely make these!

  11. anneliese
    broil with out the picks and then serve with fancy pciks or just plain tooth picks.

  12. This is one of our FAVORITES. Especially the men in my life loves these.


  13. I've just made these for a Christmas gathering we are hosting this evening, can't wait to try them!


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