A tip about chestnuts

They're simple to roast. They're best when super soft and just melt in your mouth. The best way to accomplish this is to boil the nuts before roasting or to simply pressure cook them. The unique meaty flavor of roasted chestnuts is perfect for cozy gatherings around the fireplace. In terms of nutrient value, chestnuts are closer to a starchy vegetable than to a nut. This is important to keep in mind when putting together your meals. To prepare the chestnuts, thoroughly rinse them and then score the rounded side in an X pattern. Your cuts should go about halfway through the nut. Once you've scored them, you can see the fleshy interior. Throw out any nuts that are dark brown or black on the inside. Ideally, the flesh should be a light tan.

BOIL THE CHESTNUTS FOR 1/2 HOUR. While they are boiling, preheat the oven to 425°F. When they are finished boiling, strain the water and place the chestnuts scored-side up on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for about 5 minutes. The flesh should still be moist. You want to peel them when they are still warm from the oven so it helps to use a towel to protect your hands. Peel the outer, leathery layer off as well as in the inner skin. It's the meaty middle that you're after! To keep the nuts moist, store them in a jar with a lid and keep them in the fridge. Roasting Chestnut source


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