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23.12.10

OVEN ROASTED CHESTNUTS


Roasting chestnuts is easy. You can roast it on an open fire for ambiance, but they taste just as good warm out of the oven. Always start with fresh, shiny, blemish-free chestnuts. The small, dull chestnuts supermarkets often sell are a waste of money and time.

• Wipe the chestnuts.
• Place them on a wooden cutting board with the flat side on the bottom.
• Make sure every chestnut is sliced into or it will explode. With a sharp chef’s knife cut a slit across the rounded side of the chestnut. Fresh chestnuts are easy to slice into. [Somebody somewhere thought of slicing an X into them, so now every recipe repeats the same thing. Just slice it once; cutting X into them is a waste of time.]
• Preheat the oven to 375F.
• Place the chestnuts in a shallow baking pan with the cut sides up.
• Don’t put water beside the chestnuts, you don’t want steam, you want the chestnut shells crispy. Crispy shells are easier to peel off.
• Bake the chestnuts for 20-50 minutes or until the shells are crispy and both the outer shell and the inner brown skin peels away easily. The roasting time will vary depending on how large the chestnuts are and how many you are roasting.
• If the brown skin is hard to remove put the chestnuts back in the oven for awhile. But make sure they don’t burn.
• When they seem to be ready, remove half a dozen and place in a kitchen towel lined basket and cover to keep warm. Warm chestnuts are easier to peel.
• Turn the oven off and leave the rest of the chestnuts in the oven to keep warm.
• Remove one chestnut and peel off the brown outer shell and the inner brown skin.
• When the chestnuts in the basket are all peeled, take six more from the oven and repeat procedure until every chestnut is peeled.
• Serve roasted chestnuts while still warm for best taste.

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In this video our daughter is watching her father in-law roasting chestnuts the Italian way.
   

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