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Roasted Chestnuts

Posted Nov 30 2010 8:26pm


I don’t think I ever had roasted chestnuts before. I might have tried them when I was really young, but I don’t actually remember. I saw chestnuts on sale at Trader Joe’s right before Thanksgiving, so I thought I would buy them and see how I liked them. They are super easy to roast and about 20 minutes later you have a sweet and nutty warm snack. They were so good. I even ate them for breakfast one day.

I did some research online when I was trying to figure out how to roast them, and learned that chestnuts are actually very low in fat and have only 49 calories per ounce. They have a high water content, about 50%, and should be stored and treated more like a vegetable than a nut, as they can dry out and grow moldy quickly when treated like other nuts.

I would definitely buy chestnuts again. They seem like a holiday snack to me. I’ll probably buy more to enjoy around Christmas and New Year’s.

How To Roast Chestnuts

Preheat oven to 400 F.
Wash chestnuts and then cut an X into one side of each nut with a sharp knife.
Set in a baking dish with the X side up.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Once they are cool enough to handle, peel skins and enjoy warm roasted chestnuts.

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