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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Dec 24, 2014 02:00AM
Christmas is here and you’ve probably heard the song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” at least a dozen times throughout the Christmas season. But have you actually roasted chestnuts or eaten them at all? Considered an old fashioned treat by many, chestnuts are a delicious accompaniment to your holiday repertoire, and very easy to prepare.

Purchase chestnuts in the produce section of the grocery store. Using a sharp paring knife, carefully carve a small “x” in the top of each, lay them out on a baking sheet, and roast in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until the shell begins to curl a bit and the nut meat is soft. You can also lay them in foil and drizzle with butter, crushed rosemary, and salt, or grill them, or even fry them in a skillet. The reason for cutting the “x” is to let the steam escape, and so you can test them to see if they are done.

Guests can peel their own chestnuts - they are definitely a casual snack. Be careful, though, they are quite hot right off the flame and can burn your fingers!