Oven Roasted Chestnuts are amongst the easiest 1-ingredient thing to make on Earth. You will not regret learning how to make these beauties.
Chestnuts are considered autumn fruits. Still, you can get them in the wintertime here in Italy. There are the protagonists of many sweet recipes and regional gastronomic traditions such as castagnaccio.
Castagne Caldaroste, how they are called in Italy are very common street foods during autumn and wintertime.
When we last Christmas in Rome, after eating and smelling countless times their beautiful aroma, we finally decided to ask the experts for a couple of tips which we bring you here.
Preparing chestnuts is very simple. Here I will explain the best way to cook chestnuts.
Chestnuts are also very popular to enjoy alone, cooked on the fire with a unique perforated pan like roasted chestnuts or in salt, or even baked as in this recipe!
There are more than one hundred varieties of chestnuts. Flour can also be produced from them, which is versatile for preparing cakes and homemade pasta. Before purchasing, it is good to make sure that the fruit is firm and the skin has a bright and uniform color.
Eating chestnuts is delicious and healthy. The perfect Autumn season snack.
Chestnuts... yes, only well-chosen firm chestnuts!
It doesn't get easier than that.
Cooking chestnuts is easy, and they make a great snack for rainy days next to a fireplace and either with a glass of red wine or excellent chocolate milk. I love having them with Vegan Golden Milk.
Soak the Chestnuts in water.
Drain and dry them.
Insert the Knife.
Notch the chestnuts making a horizontal cut of about 1 inch (2.5 cm).
Proceeding slicing the soaked chestnuts one by one.
Bake your chestnuts distributing them evenly on the baking tray lined with baking paper.
Take them out of the oven and place the baked chestnuts in a basket or bowl, covering them with a dry cloth. Let them rest for at least 15 minutes before tasting.
Place the baked chestnuts in a basket or bowl, covering them with a dry cloth. Let them rest for at least 15 minutes before tasting.
After cooking this Roasted Chestnuts Recipe, they will leave an aroma in your kitchen that is fantastic! I think this is the best way to roast chestnuts.
- Baking tray
- Small knife
- Clean towel
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Recipe: Oven Roasted Chestnuts
- 18 ounces chestnuts raw
- To prepare the chestnuts in the oven, start by choosing perfect chestnuts.18 ounces chestnuts
- Soak them for at least 2 hours. Thanks to this procedure, it will be easier to peel them once cooked.
- Drain the chestnuts and, if you want, you can place them in a paper bag that will absorb the residual water or use a dry cloth to dry them well.
- Notch the chestnuts. Make a horizontal cut of about 1 inch (2.5 cm).
- Insert the tip of knife in the middle.
- Bake your chestnuts distributing them evenly on the baking tray lined with baking paper, and bake in a preheated oven in static mode at 360 ºF (180 °Celcius) for about 25-30 minutes.
- Once ready, take them out of the oven and place them in a basket or bowl, covering them with a dry cloth.
- Let them rest for at least 15 minutes before tasting them: this will make it easier to remove the peel!
- Peel the chestnuts with you hands.
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- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
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- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
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