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Chinese cuisine - Chestnut

Roasting Chestnuts At Home (No Open Fire Needed)

Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1-1/12  lbs. fresh chestnuts in shells


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place chestnuts flat side down on a cutting board. Using a paring knife, score an ‘X’ into the rounded side of each nut. Be careful when cutting as the shells are slippery! Be sure you score deep enough to reach the inner layer. You can also use scissors: see how this method is illustrated in the video, below.
  • Place nuts in a bowl of hot water and let sit for 1 minute. (This encourages steaming while cooking, and easier peeling.) Drain and pat dry.
  • Place the chestnuts on a baking sheet, cut side up. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until shells begin to curl away from the meat inside.
  • Remove chestnuts from oven and wrap them up in a clean tea towel for about 10-15 minutes. Peel the skins off once nuts are cool enough to handle (cold chestnuts don’t peel well). Enjoy with your favorite fireside beverage!
Keyword Roasting Chestnuts
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