Chestnuts Roasting …

on an open fire … jack frost nipping at your noooooose …

Chestnuts1Okay I do apologize for getting that holiday song stuck in your head for the day.  It is one of my favorites though.

After coming back from NYC, I miss one of my favorite street snacks …chestnuts.  Every corner had a vendor peddling these piping hot little treats.  They’re one of my favorites this time of year.  Warm and hearty, kind of like bite sized bits of buttered baked potatoes.  And surprisingly, though pistachio growers would have you think otherwise, chestnuts are the lowest calorie nut around.

I’ve never actually roasted them on an open fire, but I do know how to bake ‘em.Chestnuts2

Here’s how …

Roasting Chestnuts

Just pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.

Place a dish towel over a cutting board (to prevent rolling nuts and missing fingers!) and cut an “x” into each chestnut. This helps with two things.

One … it makes for easy peeling and eating.

Two … it lets out the steam from roasting so they don’t explode in your oven.

Chestnuts3It might sound nice in the holiday song … “hear the chestnuts POP! … pop, pop, pop!” But it wouldn’t be a pleasant picture.  Quarter-sized projectiles would be a little dangerous, actually.

Bake them for about 30 minutes until the shells have started
to peel and the insides look golden brown.

Let them cool, then enjoy!

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About Rachelle Lucas

Rachelle is a writer, spokesperson, and travel videographer. She believes the best way to learn about a destination is through its flavors and collects recipes from her trips to recreate them here on The Travel Bite. She’s currently the Food and Dining Insider for Visit Florida and was recently named by KRED as one of the Top 50 Travel Bloggers in the world.

As much as Rachelle enjoys traveling and tasting new foods, she also loves to run. She’s completed the New York City Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon as well at 5 half marathons.

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