Roasting Chestnuts

chestnuts roasting on an open fireWe all know the song ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose…’  But how are Roasting Chestnuts made?

With a little bit of preparation, roasting chestnuts can be a breeze. ~ Wouldn’t you just love to entertain your friends & family with the sweet & nutty scent of roasting chestnuts? What a fabulous way to celebrate a special occasion.

If you want roasting chestnuts at home then follow these easy steps.  

Special note: You will need a sharp knife so that you greatly reduce the work of roasting chestnuts.  Incisions are made about 1/8 inch deep through each chestnut shell, which can be hard to cut.


Roasting Chestnuts
Serves 8
Joyful, Aromatic & Delightful
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
  1. * 2 pounds whole organic chestnuts in shell
  2. * 1 teaspoon organic olive oil
  3. * Rock or Himalayan salt to taste (optional)
  4. * Special equipment: a chestnut knife (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. With a chestnut knife or small knife, make a large X in each chestnut cutting through shell. The incision should be about 1/8 inch deep through each chestnut shell. Place chestnuts with oil in a bowl and stir lightly to coat
  3. Put the chestnuts in a roasting pan or rimmed baking pan. Roast for 35 minutes. When done, the shells will burst open and the chestnuts will be golden brown
  4. While the chestnuts are still hot, carefully remove and discard each shell and the skin. Be very careful not to burn your fingers!
  5. Lightly salt your roasting chestnuts if preferred
  6. Serve hot by themselves or use them in a luxurious dessert or a hearty stew
  1. Special Note: You can also roast chestnuts on an open fire. You need a lightly oiled cast iron skillet and about ¼ cup water. First roast chestnuts in skillet, covered. Stir every few minutes, roast for 15 minutes. Next add water (still covered) and roast for about 5 minutes or until water is evaporated and chestnuts are tender.
  2. Extra Note: Some people believe the secret is to cut the X on the chestnuts then BOIL them in unsalted water for about 15-20 min. Drain and let them cool. You’re done, that’s all there is to it! If you prefer, you can broil the chestnuts for a few minutes to give them a roasted look flavor.
  3. Diet type: Vegan
  4. Diet tags: High Protein, Raw
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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

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Featured picture: afagen via photopin cc

Roasting chestnuts vendor: L. Allen Brewer via photopin cc


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