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Roasting you own chestnuts isn’t hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

The first time I had roasted chestnuts I was in New York City. I was walking around with my sister and we were talking about how we had both never had them but wanted to give them a try. Luckily for us it was Christmas in NYC and almost every street vendor has roasted chestnuts for sale.

The first thing that threw me off was that they were soft and almost potato like in texture. I don’t know why but I assumed like most nuts they would be hard and crunchy.

Boy was I wrong.

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

I shared my bag of chestnuts with my sister but never quite got around to making them at home. “How hard could it be?” I thought to myself. Well, the actually process of roasting them is a breeze it’s the prep that is slightly annoying.

I knew I had to make a little X over the top of the nuts but it’s must harder than it looks. I saw on Amazon you buy a chestnut scoring knife but I felt that would be an unnecessary purchase. It’s not like I’m sitting here all Christmas long roasting chestnuts…over an open fire…

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

If you’re wondering why you have to cut an X onto the top of nut it’s because if you don’t it will explode.

Like fireworks.

In your oven.

That is no no fun. Trust me.

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

To make my nuts even more delicious (yes, I’m thinking it too) I roasted them with a little spiced butter. I used lots of nutmeg in my spice mix because nutmeg just screams Christmas to me. I think this would also be great with the addition of rosemary or thyme.

Just remember to peel the nuts while they are still warm. If you wait till they cool it will be a lot harder to peel.

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Spice Butter Roasted Chestnuts

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts. Hello Christmas!

Yield: 1 pound

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh chestnuts
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Using a sharp knife score an X on the rounded top of the chestnuts. Cutting through the shell but not deep into the nut.

Once you have cut all the nuts soak them in a bowl of super hot water for 2 minutes.

Lay out a large piece of foil onto a rimmed baking sheet. Gather up the edges to make a little wall.

Place the chestnuts (flat side down, X side up) inside the foil. Try not to overlap.

Add melted butter and spices in a bowl and mix to combine.

Pour over chestnuts and roast for about 30 minutes until the shells are curved back and the meaty flesh is exposed.

Peel while still warm and dip in butter sauce.

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Maria William

Wednesday 24th of October 2018

Chestnuts have a wonderful flavour, and very much associated with Christmas. This paste is a lovely idea for a homemade gift. So easy to make.

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Monday 29th of December 2014

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Thursday 18th of December 2014

I swear, you take some of the most amazing photos ever! I've never roasted chestnuts, even though I've sung about them 10000 times at christmas haha. Come to think of it...I've never even had roasted chestnuts! I'm missing out!!

Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic

Wednesday 17th of December 2014

Nice nuts, Brandy! I'm sorry. I had to do it. I had no idea that roasted chestnuts were potato like in texture!

Janelle

Wednesday 17th of December 2014

I am excited to make and decorate sugar cookies tomorrow with my 4 and 6 year olds!

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