You’ve heard them sung about and you’ve probably seen them every year in the produce department around the holidays, but what how do you actually roast chestnuts? The process of roasting chestnuts doesn’t actually involve an “open fire” as the song suggests, your oven will do just fine. Roasting chestnuts is a simple and fun holiday activity and my just become a part of your holiday tradition.
Follow these simple steps to perfectly roasted chestnuts every time:
To Roast Chestnuts:
- Start with firm, dry, shiny shelled nuts. During the holiday season fresh chestnuts can be found in the produce department.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Next, Using a sharp paring knife, carefully cut an x into the shell of the chestnut. By doing this it will allow the steam to escape during roasting and will help in removing the shell after roasting.Word of caution: Chestnuts that have not been cut to allow steam to escape …MAY explode even after they are removed from the oven.
- Transfer the nuts onto a cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven to roast. Roast the nuts for approx. 20 -30 minutes or until tender and the shells have begun to open.
To Peel Chestnuts:
- Once the shells have begun to split and open, about 20-30 mins., remove the nuts from the oven from oven and cover loosely with foil. Allow the nuts to cool enough to handle but don’t allow them to cool all the way to room temperature.
- Using a paring knife, carefully peel the shell (and the skin that comes off with the shell) away from the nut.
- Try them lightly salted as a snack or use in your favorite stuffing or vegetable recipes. Enjoy!