In a Hot Oven

December 17, 2009


Okay, seriously, who has an open fire these days? Not too many of us. So there will likely be no chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost, yes, some mornings. But chestnuts roasting in a hot oven, you can make that happen. Turn your oven on and up to 400º. Make a cross-cut in the bottom  (truly easier said than done) – the rounded end – of every chestnut and place in a roasting pan or cast-iron frying pan or cookie sheet, or whatever you have that’s oven-proof. Now slide into your hot oven. I turn them over ten minutes in. It only takes about twenty minutes to bake chestnuts. When you determine that they are done, I go by smell (delicious) and colour (gorgeous toasty-brown), remove them from oven until they are cool enough to handle. Peel back the shell to expose and extract the rich, meaty inside. Consume. Put on a yuletide carol or two.


3 Responses to “In a Hot Oven”

  1. I have never roasted chestnuts, you make it seem easy and inviting. Think I’ll go buy some and try this. Thanks!

  2. Julie said

    The cross-cut sounds hard. Do you use a Michael for this? Or are your guns enough?

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