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Roasted Chestnuts: A wonderful winter treat

by libertyjay

Ahhhhhh…. as you take in the nutty and sweet aroma of chestnuts roasting (preferably on an open fire) there’s nothing in the world that expresses holiday hygge more.  I recently got back from a trip to Rome, Italy and we saw vendors with cute little carts all over the city selling them.  Sadly, we were either on our way to dinner or just coming from a pasta induced coma and was never really hungry to get any.  However,  I have been craving them for nearly 2 weeks and finally made them at home.  

Oh, did I mention they are REALLY REALLY GOOD?   Because they are!  They have both a nutty (obvious, duh) and a sweet flavor that make them the perfect treat for a cozy night in.  Bonus, if you have a fireplace.  They are also simple to make….. 

Looks like they’re smiling at you, doesn’t it…. 

Here’s how we made ours.

  1. Lay the chestnut on the flat side and use a serrated knife to cut a slit along the long side.  (if you don’t cut a slit, they can explode while roasting.  This freaked me out when I learned of this.)  
  2. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
  3. Place the chestnuts in a pot with cold water and bring to a boil
  4. Remove once it starts to boil and place either in the oven or over the open fire for 15-20 min 
  5. Enjoy!

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