Roasting Chestnuts Recipes
Fresh best quality chestnuts, preferably from Italy
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make an X with a sharp knife in the
flat side of each chestnut. (Or use our brand new item, the
chestnut slitter!) Place in a single layer in a baking pan with
sides. Bake 30-45 minutes, or until they pop open at the slit, and
the skins are turning a little bit brown. Remove from pan to a
towel lined bowl, and cover with the towel and allow them to
stand about 15 minutes before peeling. The outer skin as well as
the thin inner skin should peel off easily.
OR, place slitted chestnuts in a chestnut roasting pan. Over
medium heat, cook and shake until the chestnuts pop open at the
slits and they start to turn a little brown. A little water
sprinkled in with your hands from time to time helps them to
steam open a little better. Wrap as above and enjoy.
To roast chestnuts in the shell. Slash through the shells on the
flat side of the nuts. Place chestnuts, cut sides up, on a baking
sheet. Roast at 400 degrees F (hot oven) until tender - about 20
minutes. Insert fork the rough cut in shell to test tenderness.
Rinse nuts and make a small cut in one side, using a very sharp
knife (and being very careful not to cut yourself.) Some people
make an X. The intent is to allow steam to escape gently instead
of by explosion, which can be very messy , and sometimes painful!
Hot nuts peel easier than cold ones, so when you remove them
from the heat, immediately dump them into a towel and keep them
covered as you remove one at a time to peel.
Or serve them in a newspaper cone and make everybody peel their
own. To roast nuts: This can be done on a pan in the oven or over
an open fire. Even cooking is assured if the nuts are first boiled
about 20 minutes.
The boiled drained nuts can go directly into a roasting pan, or you
can store them in the refrigerator for later use up to 5 days, or
freeze for up to 6 months. To roast the parboiled nuts spread
them out evenly on a pan and bake about 20 minutes at 375
Or roast them chestnut-vendor style over an open fire. Test as
you go for desired softness. To microwave nuts: Make very sure
that every nut has been scored, as above. Arrange them on a
microwave-safe dish and cook for about 2 minutes on high (100