Have you ever had freshly roasted chestnuts that are scooped into a paper bag, and then placed in your coat pocket to keep you warm? I have and they were delicious! The smell and experience of eating the chestnuts while they were warm and sold by a vendor in the cold on streets brought me that warm fuzzy nostalgic childlike feeling that you can get during the holidays. I thought this would be a fun recipe to share with everyone for the holiday season!
This was my first time trying to roast fresh chestnuts and they were amazing. I decided to try and replicate them and it worked perfectly. Here’s how you do it.
Cut an “X” with a knife on one side of each chestnut. This is important or your chestnut will explode (apparently) if you don’t. I also was told there are tools made specifically to cut chestnuts. Take a look for this and if you find it, let me know. Heat up your cast iron pan on your stove top to medium heat. Place chestnuts in it and flip occasionally so they don’t burn. Roast for about 15 minutes until the chestnut shells start to open. You can occasionally place a lid of a pan overtop to create some steam but only leave this on for a couple minutes at a time. Place roasted chestnuts in a paper bag. Place in your coat pocket and enjoy outdoors.