We 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.
- * 2 pounds whole organic chestnuts in shell
- * 1 teaspoon organic olive oil
- * Rock or Himalayan salt to taste (optional)
- * Special equipment: a chestnut knife (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
- 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
- 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
- While the chestnuts are still hot, carefully remove and discard each shell and the skin. Be very careful not to burn your fingers!
- Lightly salt your roasting chestnuts if preferred
- Serve hot by themselves or use them in a luxurious dessert or a hearty stew
- 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.
- 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.
- Diet type: Vegan
- Diet tags: High Protein, Raw