You know how the song goes, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . ." Well, in this case, they're roasting in an oven, but the whole thing's still wonderfully romantic and festive. Grab a bunch of them while you can at the grocery store, because these seasonal treats are fleeting!
If you've never tried a chestnut, be sure to peel away the fuzzy inner skin just below the outer shell. Scoring the chestnuts generously prior to roasting them will make this step a lot easier. The inside of a roasted chestnut is soft, warm, and sweet – exactly what the holidays are all about. For this incredibly easy recipe (so easy, it should be called a technique!), keep reading.
1 pound chestnuts
A sharp paring knife works best for scoring your chestnuts.
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Score a large X into the flat side of each chestnut.
- Roast chestnuts for approximately 30 minutes, shaking the pan every so often to ensure even cooking.
- When cool enough to handle, peel chestnuts and enjoy!
Makes 1 pound of roasted chestnuts.