Monday, November 8, 2010

Jack Frost Nipping At Your Nose ?

Growing up in England, one of the more popular traditions we enjoyed in autumn was the roasting of chestnuts.
Oftentimes, they were roasted in the fireplace, or in the traditional bonfires of Guy Fawkes night on November 5th.
The more convenient way however is to roast them in the oven.

When Roasting chestnuts, always start with fresh, blemish-free chestnuts.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chestnuts must be prepared by slicing before cooking.
Beware, unsliced chestnuts can explode causing not only a safety hazard but a big mess to boot!

Using the tip of a sharp knife, carefully, cut a slit across the rounded side of your chestnut.
After slicing, arrange your chestnuts in a single layer on a shallow pan, such as a cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees, for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, until the outer shell and the inner brown skin peels away from the nut easily.

Serve roasted chestnuts while still warm for best taste.


donna baker said...

I have never had the pleasure. I did taste one out of a jar once, but it wasn't good. Are they crunchy when roasted? I imagine that the are.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Want me to sing to you????? "Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire".... That's one of my favorite Christmas songs.... BUT--I've never had a chestnut I don't think... Darn---what am I missing?????

Have a good week... It's going to warm up!!!!

Sunny said...

Your post brought back some wonderful memories...my mouth is watering!
I hope your knee is feeling better.
☼ Sunny

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Custom Comforts said...

I think my parents made them when we were quite young. I vaguely remember them, but can't quite remember the taste.
I love how traditions always bring back warm memories of places and times far away.


My mum made them when I was a child on the farm ! Didn't require the taste for them ! Love your post though ! That also is one of my favorite Christmas songs ! We are having warm weather for the next several days ! Have a great day !

Star said...

oooh yes and there's a wood near here, in Ampthill, where it's fun to go and collect them from the trees. Then bring them home, cook as you suggested, put your feet up and enjoy. Lovely way to spend a winter's day and evening.
Blessings, Star

Tina Eudora said...

Oh Jo that sounds wonderful! I have never had a roasted chestnut nut always wanted to try some....I am not sure if we have any Chestnuts in this area but I am going to look and see....
Have a wonderful week!
Tina xo

DJan said...

Chestnuts are actually good for you and don't taste anything like other nuts. They are not nuts at all and have a mild mealy taste and texture. I love them and usually buy some at the local co-op this time of year.

Sandra said...

the photo of the roating chestnuts is really pretty. i have never seen one or eaten one or roasted one. I am thinking I am missing out on a real pleasure.

Barbara Anne said...

This is definitely something for us to try this year. Now where to get blemish-free chestnuts??

Love the photo!

Hope your knee is mending nicely.


Jeri Landers said...

Jo, When I first saw the photo of the chestnuts I thought they were bulbs and it reminded me that I have about 700 bulbs to get into the earth, PRONTO!
Gee, thanks for the reminder.
I have never eaten a chestnut, although I have seen them offered for sale at this time of year. Always wanted to taste them, now I have your recipe!

Doc said...

They truly are wonderfully delicious. In my childhood my parents moved us to Spain and we lived next to a large Chestnut forest, it was fantastic! In England we never had the privilege of our own so we purchased them as a special treat when going to Piccadilly. All great memories, great post. Hope you are doing well.

Winifred said...

I've picked them with our children when they were young. We tended to thread them and play conkers with them as none of us were very keen on eating them. I suspect I didn't cook them properly!

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

I cannot believe I have never had one:( Sorry to hear about your knee and hope you are on the mend♥ Linda xx

George said...

The oven method sounds more convenient, even if it is not the traditional way of roasting chestnuts. I'll bet they're still delicious.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

You'd think that having all but one English grandparent and English parent I'd remember eating a chestnut...but I don't. We all lived in Canada so maybe that explains it? If I ever get the chance to try one Jo...I will. I hope you're having a wonderful Monday.
Maura :)

Frugal Life UK said...

Hi - the chestnuts are in the shops and we're also picking them now, I love them to eat all through the winter, so very lovely, roasted with a sprinkle of salt. Just to make you think of home, the big nets of pickling onions are also in the shops along with gallon bottles of vinegar, I'll get me onions pickled next weekend. We've made the puds for christmas and the cakes and the chutneys are maturing in the cupboards

frugal queen xx

Sharon said...

Our first try at chestnuts - we didn't have a clue, the guy said just roast them in the oven. BLAM, POW
We never had a second try, may now, that we know how to prepare.

Rita said...

Just happened upon your blog, what a joy to find it. The photography, poetry, verse and music are all enchanting. I can see I will be spending a lot of time savoring it from beginning to end. I believe I will go fix a cup of tea and settle in here with you for a spell!

Betsy said...

Yum~ I've only had them once at a street fair during the Christmas season.

Patricia N said...

Hope you are mending, Jo. What memories you have stirred up for me today! I spent the holidays with my son and his family three years ago and nearly every time, shopping in Bury St Edmunds, we would get a bag of roasted chestnuts from a street vendor. Or other evenings we would roast some over the fire as we sipped our tea. We all love the rich, sweetly mealy taste--even three-year-old Stella! I am pleased that within 10 miles of my home I am able to purchase fresh chestnuts right from the farm. Wish you were visiting me here in Oregon today. It is blustery and wet out but wonderful in front of the fire. Kind regards, Patricia

Barbara said...

Yes chestnuts on the bonfire along with baking potatoes. Wonderful aroma. Not done today it seems, it's all about fireworks.