Our first official snowfall of the year has came and gone - only to come again with full force! As a result Christmas music has been dancing in my head. On our way home from a recent trip to the city, we stopped to pick up groceries along the way and I saw a bin of fresh chestnuts. Immediately I thought of the infamous line about chestnuts roasting on an open fire from "The Christmas Song" so I couldn't resist buying them. Since (much to my dismay!) we don't have a fireplace at home, and it's well past campfire season - I opted for oven roasting instead.
I was surprised by the final taste - I was expecting a harder nut with a nuttier taste. Chestnuts are quite soft (especially once roasted), and the taste is pretty mild. Marc and I both thought they tasted similar to mashed potatoes! I'm going to try them again later in the week, only this as apart of squash soup!
- fresh chestnuts, any quantity
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
With a sharp knife, cut an "x" in the centre of the chestnut, round side up. As the chestnuts roast, the shell will curl away enabling easier peeling.
Roast chestnuts on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes until lightly browned.
Peel the shells away while the chestnuts are still warm.