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Rumaki Recipe - Holiday Appetizer

Steven Pennington
Simple, but elegant easy holiday appetizer that will become your family flavor
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 13 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Holiday-Party-Game Day Appetizer
Cuisine International
Servings 24 Pieces

Suggested Equipment

Wire Roasting Rack
Cookie Sheet


  • Chicken Livers
  • Bacon - Thin Strips / cut in half lengthwise

Rumaki Marinade

  • ½ cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 T Brown Sugar
  • 1 T Minced Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Chopped Garlic

Stuffing Options

  • Water ChestNuts Classic / Sliced
  • Daikon Radish
  • pinch Cayenne Pepper optional


Cleaning / Prepping Chicken Livers

  • I like to clean/remove as much excess from the livers as possible while keeping the livers "Large" as possible
  • Cutaway pieces that do not look like something you'd like to eat. Use a small knife and make small cuts where needed trying to keep the liver in one piece.

Pre-Cooking Instructions

  • Once the livers are cleaned place them into the marinade listed above. Let the livers marinate for one hour.

Using The Bacon

  • Slice the bacon in half lengthwise. You do not want to use too much bacon, or risk chewy Rumaki. Cutting each bacon strip in half will make it easy to wrap each chicken liver

How To Make/Shape the Rumaki

  • Lay one piece of bacon flat on a cutting board. Take a slice of water chestnut and place it at one end of the bacon. Add a piece of liver next on top of the water chestnut.
    Optional: Add small slices of jalapeno
  • Next, roll the bacon starting at the end with the liver and roll on top of itself.
    No rules on how you wrap. Rolling in only one direction is suggested.

Cooking The Rumaki

  • Place the rumaki on a cookie sheet. I like using a wire rack so the rumaki isn't touching the cookie sheet. It helps crisp things up nicely.
    Back @ 400 for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Adding a glaze after cooking using a pastry/paintbrush can really take this recipe over the top.
  • Add favorite sauce to each piece of Rumaki
    Here are a few sauces you could use:
    Hoisin sauce
    Might sound odd, but grape jelly with chipotle in adobo sauce
    Use Favorite BBQ sauce
    Maple Syrup
    Dipping Sauce
    -Ranch dressing-Tartar sauce
Keyword Rumaki Holiday Appetizer Recipe, Rumaki Recipe
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