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home roasted chestnuts - how to?

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  • rumdrinks Nov 2, 2005 08:56 AM
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For some reason, NYC has all of the sidewalk chestnut roasters and Philly has none, nada, zippo. So, my BF bought me chestnuts and said, here, roast em yourself!

So, um....how do I do that?

thanks in advance.

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  1. Oven 350 F.and very important, cut an X in the bottom of each chestnut, if you don't they will explode and you will have chestnut puree all over your oven. Roast about 15-20 minutes.

    I know about the exploding chestnuts because my mother did that many years ago and has never roasted a chestnut since.

    1. And next time, ask him to buy you a jar of pre-roasted chestnuts. Much easier.

      1. Step 1: Make sure you slit them. If you don't put a small slit (use a sharp knife and just poke the thing in the middle) in it, it will explode - BIG mess...

        Other than that, just apply heat. Put them in a pan in the oven and roast. Periodically toss. I can't find references for times/temps, and I don't remember what I did the last time, but I would start at 325 for 20 minutes and see what I had - if that doesn't work, buy more!

        1. Everyone is right about cutting the x in the skin, but I use higher heat, 400 degrees. Let them go for about 20-30 minutes. You'll see the skins peel back from the nut.

          1. aside from just eating like peanuts (I'm not crazy about them that way), what are some good uses for roasted chestnuts. Stuffing would be a good use... any other applications folks use for them?

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            1. re: adamclyde

              they are great with roasted/sauteed brussels spouts

              1. re: adamclyde

                Good when pureed into a veggie soup w/ butternut squash or mushrooms. Would be great chopped up and added to some sort of ravioli stuffing. Probably tasty roasted along w/ root veggies and chicken.

                1. re: adamclyde

                  Tons of options:

                  1- make them candied, like the french marrons glacés
                  2- purée on their own or with potatoes
                  3- put in stew
                  4- put in salad (esp. with some bitter greens and some kind of syrup-based dressing)
                  5- use in risotto or other rice-based dishes

                  etc.

                2. A number of years ago some friends and I were camping at a friends house and we had some uncooked chestnuts. My friend found a old Magnalite frying pan and a drill motor with a 3/8ths inch drill bit and he drilled ten or fifteen holes in the pan (just like we saw in Paris). We did the 'X' thing to the chestnuts tossed 'em in and cooked 'em up on the camp fire/bar-b-que.

                  Kinda hard on frying pans but I still have it and will use it this season.

                  Happy Holidays.

                  Robert

                  1. An Alternate method is to boil them!!
                    Just boil in salted water for about 15 minutes(do not slit these), Then peel...

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                    1. re: Phu Bai

                      They won't explode if you boil them?

                      1. re: LoveAFair

                        Never had a chestnut explode boiling them!!!