Roasted Chestnuts

Nothing says Christmas like chestnuts roasting on an open fire, right? I have such wonderful memories of roasted chestnuts this time of year. On a street corner in New York City or in our fireplace when I was a kid. My Grandpa used to make them every year with my Mom and my Uncle and she passed on the tradition to me.

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Roasted Chestnuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25-35 minutes

What you need:

1 pound chestnuts

½ stick butter
kosher salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Using a very sharp knife cut and “X” into each one of the chestnuts, cutting all the way through the skin. This allows them to release steam while they’re cooking so they don’t explode.

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Place chestnuts in an even layer in a baking dish. Bake at 425 for 25-35 minutes. Keep and eye on them and give them a shake every so often. They’re done when the skins just begin to curl.

Remove them from the oven and allow to cool. Peel the chestnuts and then sauté butter and salt for about 5 minutes. Or eat and enjoy plain. A classic holiday treat.

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  1. I will confess… I have never had roasted chestnuts. :( Maybe I need to change that!

  2. This was a big thing for my dad and sister when I was growing up. I’ve never much cared for them, but I do love the song!

  3. I have always wanted to try this, do they stink up the house if you do them inside?? anne

  4. They don’t smell at all, Anne! :)

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma Whats For Dinner

  5. I have never had that before! I bet it smells delicious!

  6. I have never had roasted chestnuts… fact until I recently moved to New England, I had never even seen a chestnut. Now I see them in all the markets. My father in law put some chestnuts into some sauteed kale for Thanksgiving and they added just the right touch. I definitely need to try them roasted.

    Thank you for sharing this, Alex!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family,

  7. I’ve never tried them but I’ve heard such amazing things about them. I would love to try it!

  8. We roasted them for the first time this year. It definitely won’t be the last!

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, it’s been a joy getting to know you this year!

  9. wow, never seen that done but it looks YUMMY! Perfect addition to a holiday meal!

  10. I have never made chestnuts!

  11. I must admit I always thought it was just a phrase…..thanks for opening my eyes. I am now intrigued and need to find soem chestnuts.

  12. Sorry I meant find “some” chestnuts!!

  13. I love roasted chestnuts, walking downtown in this cold weather with a bag of warm chestnuts is just wonderful–there are so many booths here selling them but every year the price goes up ;(

  14. I’ve always wanted to try this but never knew how! WOW!! Thanks for the directions!

  15. The only time I’ve ever had roasted chestnuts was in London at Christmastime. I would love to do this. Thanks for the recipe. Merry Christmas!!

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