Delicious Roasted Chestnuts for the Holidays

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire is an iconic holiday scene, and with this simple recipe you can recreate it at home. Roasting chestnuts is surprisingly easy, and with a few tips and tricks you can have delicious chestnuts in no time. Read on to learn more about the chestnut selection process, optimal storage conditions and the best methods for roasting your nuts.

Ingredients used:

For 2 people

  • 2 cups - Chestnuts
  • 1 tablespoon - Butter
  • 1 teaspoon - Salt

Recipe steps:

  • Choose fresh chestnuts which feel heavy for their size and have no cracks, bruises or discoloration. Chestnuts should not be dried out or damp.
  • Store fresh chestnuts in the refrigerator in a plastic bag with a few ventilation holes punched in it.
  • Puncture each nut once or twice with an icepick or a knife to release steam.
  • To roast chestnuts in the oven, preheat the oven to 300 degrees and spread the chestnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the chestnuts cool.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the nuts in half and remove the nuts from the shells.
  • If desired, dip the nuts in melted butter and salt.
  • Store cooked chestnuts in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for up to a year.

Chestnuts can be enjoyed in many ways during the holidays, from roasted over an open fire to boiled or steamed. With this recipe, you can enjoy the holiday tradition of roasted chestnuts at home with ease. They can also be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for later, making them a great addition to any holiday meal or gift basket. Enjoy!