• Serves

    makes 12

These bacon-wrapped bites of chicken liver and water chestnuts were ubiquitous on pupu platters in the mid-20th century.


  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 chicken livers, cut into thirds
  • 3 water chestnuts, quartered
  • 4 strips bacon, cut into thirds
  • 1 (1") piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped


Step 1

Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger in a small bowl. Add chicken livers and water chestnuts and toss to coat; place in refrigerator to let marinate for 1 hour.

Step 2

Heat oven to 425°. Strain liver and chestnuts, reserving the marinade. Pour marinade into a 1-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat; set aside.

Step 3

Place 1 slice of bacon on a cutting board, then top with 1 piece of liver and 1 water chestnut. Wrap bacon around liver and chestnut; skewer bacon in place with a toothpick. Repeat process with remaining livers, water chestnuts, and bacon. Transfer rumaki to a foil-lined sheet tray and bake, basting occasionally with the marinade, until bacon is golden brown, about 25 minutes.

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