• Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Roasted Chestnuts


How to Roast Chestnuts

Roasting chestnuts is an essential part of my holiday traditions. Only harvested in the fall, I like to take full advantage of this seasonal beauty. I roast them and put them in my stuffing at Thanksgiving, candy them for Christmas or chop them up and saute them with brown butter and green beans. Creamy and slightly sweet, they’re a comforting cold-weather snack simply dipped in butter and served warm.

Before you roast them, score the outer shell of the chestnuts using a small serrated knife. This will allow steam to escape during the cooking process and make them easy to peel. Place the chestnuts in a 350-degree oven and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. When they’re cool enough to handle, peel and enjoy. It’s that easy!

If you can’t find fresh chestnuts in your grocery store, there are plenty of resources online, such as Rockin’ M Farms.

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