Bacon & Water Chestnut Cups

Popular appetizers called rumaki get a fresh spin with a cool cucumber base.


  • 1 1/2   medium seedless cucumber
  • 1 1-in (2.5 cm) piece piece peeled fresh gingerroot
  • 1   small yellow onion
  • 2   green onions with tops
  • 1 can (8 oz/199 mL) whole water chestnuts, drained
  • 6   slices bacon
  • 1   garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) reduced-sodium teriyaki baste and glaze (see Cook's Tip)


  1. Using Santoku Knife, slice cucumbers crosswise into eighteen 1/2-in. (1-cm) slices. Lightly scoop out seeds to create shallow wells with Core & More, leaving bottoms of cups intact. Set aside. Grate ginger using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater to measure 1 tsp (5 mL). Cut onion lengthwise into quarters; thinly slice quarters crosswise. Thinly slice green onions; set aside for garnish. Coarsely chop water chestnuts using Food Chopper.

  2. Cut bacon into 1/4-in. (6-mm) pieces; cook in (10-in./24-cm) Skillet over medium-high heat 5-–6 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from Skillet using Square Slotted Spoon; drain on paper towels. Drain Skillet, leaving 1 tsp (5 mL) drippings. Add yellow onion to Skillet. Cook 2–-3 minutes or until onion begins to brown. Add water chestnuts, ginger and garlic pressed with Garlic Press. Cook 30–-60 seconds or until garlic is fragrant; remove from heat. Combine bacon, onion mixture and baste and glaze in Classic Batter Bowl; mix well.

  3. Using level Small Scoop, place one scoop of the filling in well of each cucumber cup. Garnish with sliced green onions.


  • 18  servings of 1 

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. Nutrients per serving: Calories 30, Total Fat 1.5 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 120 mg, Carbohydrate 3 g, Protein 1 g, Sodium 120 mg,  Fiber 1 g, 

Cook's Tips:

To substitute baste and glaze, combine 1/4 cup (50 mL) thin reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce, 1 tbsp (15 mL) cold water and 1 tsp (5 mL) cornstarch in Small Batter Bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 1-–2 minutes or until thickened, whisking every 30 seconds. Teriyaki Sauce with Honey can also be substituted.

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