Why learn how to roast chestnuts? Roasting chestnuts was something I'd only heard about in that infamous Christmas song. I'd never thought to pick one up and eat it. I'd passed chestnut vendors around Union Square in San Francisco, and while the idea sounded interesting, for some reason I just never partook or thought about learning how to roast chestnuts myself.
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 35minutes
Total Time 40minutes
Author Stephanie Stiavetti
Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
With a small, very sharp knife, cut a good-sized X across the curved side of the nut (not the end of the nut where it was attached to the tree). Make the X big enough that is spans the entire side of the nut so that it will be easier to peel away the skin after roasting.
Place chestnuts X-side up in a baking dish large enough to leave a little space between them. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Remove roasted chestnuts from oven and set aside to cool. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel back the skin of the nut and enjoy! They're best hot and require no salt or sugar to taste wonderful.