Chestnuts roasting on an open fire … jack frost nipping at your noooooose …
Okay I do apologize for getting that holiday song stuck in your head for the day. It is one of my favorites though, especially as I’m roasting chestnuts at home.
After coming back from NYC, I had a craving for one of my favorite street snacks — roasted chestnuts. Every corner seems to have a vendor peddling these piping hot little treats. They’re one of my favorites this time of year!
Roasted chestnuts are 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 chestnuts them on an open fire, but I do know how to bake ’em. Here’s how!
How To Roast Chestnuts
The full recipe is below, but I have a few tips before you begin.
Place a dish towel over your cutting board to prevent rolling nuts and finger cuts!) 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.
It might sound nice in the holiday song … “hear the chestnuts POP! … pop, pop, pop!” But it wouldn’t be a pleasant experience in your kitchen, for sure! Quarter-sized projectiles would be a little dangerous, actually..
Bake the chestnuts on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes until the shells have started to peel and the insides look golden brown. Personally, I think they taste great on their own, but you could also salt them.
Print the recipe for roasted chestnuts below and give it a try!
1 lb raw chestnuts
Pre-heat 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 let out steam while the chestnuts are roasting. And it also helps with peeling them to eat
Place the chestnuts on a cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes until the shells have started
to peel and the insides look golden brown.
Let them cool, sprinkle with salt (if desired) then enjoy!