Here’s how to roast chestnuts with an oven instead of an open fire.
If your only exposure to chestnuts are via The Christmas Song (which has been on repeat in my head since working on this post), then you are in for treat.
Meaty, sweet and slightly nutty, roasted chestnuts have a unique taste all of their own and roasting chestnuts is simple – all you need is a knife, tray and an oven (or if you prefer, an open fire.)
Roasted chestnuts were a part of every Italian-American Christmas dinner during my childhood. While she’s been gone for several years, I can still picture my godmother and Great-Aunt Jerri sitting and cutting the slits into the chestnuts with her perfectly manicured hands (she was a beautician entrepreneur and anyone who knows me well has heard my Aunt Jerri stories. I’ll have to think of some that are PG enough to share on the blog someday…..)How to Roast Chestnuts in an oven (instead of an open fire) via @tspbasil Click To Tweet
Nowadays, we have roasted chestnuts each year at our Christmas Eve 7 Fish dinner at my sister’s house and I love that we are keeping the tradition ongoing (<—I think this is the year I’ll get my 8 year old to actually try them.)
Chestnut Fun Facts:
Chesnuts are native to North American, Europe, Japan and China.
Chestnuts trees were once abundant in America until a fungus wiped out almost the entire species in the early 1900s. (Ok, maybe not really a “fun” fact.)
In Italy, chestnut flour is often used in baked goods, polenta and soups.
You can also eat chestnuts raw, boiled or steamed.
Chestnuts are lower in calories compared to other nuts as they have less fat – a handful (about 1.5 ounces) is around 100 calories and they provide many nutrients including fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, folate and magnesium.
Besides enjoying right out of the oven, chestnuts are delicious in soups, stuffings, rice dishes, sauces and salads. Here are a few recipes to get you inspired:
Good Mood Food: Chestnut Soup – Rachael @Avocado A Day Nutrition
Chestnut Stuffing with Kale and Turkey Bacon – Marisa @ Uproot From Oregon
Roasted Chestnut, Cranberry and Mushroom Stuffing – Vicki @ Simple Cravings. Real Food.
Mushroom Chestnut Pie – Becca @Amuse Your Bouche
Eggnog Smoothie Bowl – Diane @Cape Fear Nutrition
Chestnut Spiced Latte – Ricki @Ricki Heller
Whole Grain Chestnut Bread – Serena @Foodfulife
Honey Vanilla Chestnut Spread – Gina @Running to the Kitchen
Have you ever eaten roasted chestnuts or have you ever used chestnuts recipes?