Spicy Maple Glazed Rumaki

As a wife, mom + food enthusiast with a passion for sharing love through my kitchen, and the blogger behind Girl Meets Kitchen,  Julia Esch  knows a thing or two about creating recipes with real ingredients.   Below, she shares her recipe for spicy maple glazed rumaki.

Rumaki. Everything about word makes me smile. From the ingredients and quasi-Polynesian heritage to the City Slickers reference it brings to mind – the appetizer is all things unique and quirky. It needed a little makeover in my opinion, and the makeover I had in mind added an entirely new flair to this once popular bite.  Below you will find the recipe for my spicy maple glazed rumaki.

 

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In its original form, Rumaki is a typically a water chestnut and pieces of chicken liver wrapped in bacon with a soy based glaze. My first experience of the appetizer was at a wedding and I was equal parts intrigued + determined something was missing. To start, anything with bacon as a staple ingredient has great legs. After pondering over each bite a bit with one of my wedding companions, the lightbulb went off in my brain and I immediately knew how to vamp up these dated morsels and give them some flair: add some sweet and add some heat.

Per usual, the quality of ingredients matters – so choose your bacon wisely. While I’m normally enamored with thick bacon (affectionately known as “stacon” in my family,) thin is best for Rumaki to ensure it crisps up nicely when wrapped around the water chestsnuts. You can also determine what you’d prefer for sliced or whole water chestnuts – I prefer them whole because they give the bites a better crunch. I also par baked my bacon slices to ensure the flavors came together and there were no undercooked bites.

These are really simple to make but offer a bold flavor. Bring them to any party + let the conversations lead you where they may (City Slickers references or not!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. all natural bacon (not thick cut)
  • 1 large fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1 5 oz. can whole water chestnuts (see note above regarding whole or sliced), strained
  • 4-5 tbsp. pure organic maple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp. red pepper flakes, depending on heat preference
  • toothpicks

 

Rumaki Recipe

Rumaki Recipe

Method:

  1. Layer 2 sheet pans with parchment paper, setting one aside for the second round of baking + preheat oven to 400 F. Soak the toothpicks in a water bath to avoid burning during the cooking process
  2. Cut the bacon slices in thirds and lay them in a single layer across one lined sheet pan
  3. Lightly coat each piece of bacon with the maple syrup using a basting brush
  4. Sprinkle each piece with the red pepper flakes and lay sliced jalapenos atop the bacon
  5. Par bake for 8-10 minutes and remove from oven
  6. Using 2 strips of bacon for each water chestnut, wrap each chestnut like a present with the par baked bacon + secure with a toothpick. Place a jalapeno atop each wrapped Rumaki and place on the second lined baking sheet. Complete until all the water chetsnuts and bacon is gone.
  7. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until bacon has reached desired crispness. Yields approximately 12-16 pieces.
  8. Serve + Enjoy!

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Rumaki Recipe

Spicy Maple Glazed Rumaki
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. all natural bacon (not thick cut)
  2. 1 large fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced
  3. 1 5 oz. can whole water chestnuts (see note above regarding whole or sliced), strained
  4. 4-5 tbsp. pure organic maple syrup
  5. 2-3 tbsp. red pepper flakes, depending on heat preference
  6. toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Layer 2 sheet pans with parchment paper, setting one aside for the second round of baking + preheat oven to 400 F. Soak the toothpicks in a water bath to avoid burning during the cooking process
  2. Cut the bacon slices in thirds and lay them in a single layer across one lined sheet pan
  3. Lightly coat each piece of bacon with the maple syrup using a basting brush
  4. Sprinkle each piece with the red pepper flakes and lay sliced jalapenos atop the bacon
  5. Par bake for 8-10 minutes and remove from oven
  6. Using 2 strips of bacon for each water chestnut, wrap each chestnut like a present with the par baked bacon + secure with a toothpick. Place a jalapeno atop each wrapped Rumaki and place on the second lined baking sheet. Complete until all the water chestnuts and bacon is gone.
  7. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until bacon has reached desired crispness. Yields approximately 12-16 pieces.
  8. Serve + Enjoy!
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14 Comments

  • Reply MaK @ MaKenna-Morgan.com September 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I clicked on this article because I have actually never heard of this recipe! Such a unique type of food, and it looks mighty tasty. Although I’m not usually a spicy fan, I may have to try this!

    • Reply julia September 23, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Hi Mak! You can certainly reduce the amount of red pepper flakes and jalapeño to reduce the heat level per your liking! I hope you enjoy trying a new recipe and making it your own!

  • Reply Gwendolyn Mulholland September 21, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I have never heard of Rumaki before but after checking it out, it seems like a tasty appetizer. I will have to save this and try it for our next get together. Anything with bacon has to be good.

    • Reply julia September 23, 2016 at 11:09 am

      We love bacon in our home — I completely agree with you that anything with bacon is good. Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply Melissa Dixon September 22, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I have never heard of this before but the pictures really drew me in. Anything with bacon or jalapenos is a winner at my house. My husband loves jalapenos and I love bacon, so we will have to try this recipe out for sure. Plus it looks so cute, I can’t wait to try my hand at serving this in style like you have.

    • Reply julia September 23, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Yay! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  • Reply Amy Desrosiers September 22, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I had no idea this delicious dish existed! My mom love chicken livers and they are a specialty appetizer around here. I bet she would love this unique combination and flavor pairing too. The pics are mouthwatering.

    • Reply julia September 23, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Chicken livers would definitely be great with this if you’re looking for a more traditional version with flair. Enjoy!!

  • Reply Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking September 22, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I am not familiar with Rumaki,but I’m with you, anything that starts with bacon has got to be good! The addition of heat would be welcomed by my husband. I am anxious to try these out at our next get together!

    • Reply julia September 23, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Enjoy + circle back me know what you thought of them!

  • Reply HoneyTrek September 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    My wife does Rumaki every christmas eve (for 30 years now). I am going to have to show her this recipe and see if she can make half like this. I love the sweet and spicy combo…man, you had me right there. Stacon, lmao.

    • Reply julia September 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Stacon for the win!! I love this. Enjoy!

  • Reply momtrusts September 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    This looks amazing! Like melt in your mouth amazing, I think it would be a great appetizer and work well with some beer!

    • Reply julia September 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Yes! I hope you enjoy!

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