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Roasted Chestnuts

Castagne al Forno

Roasted chestnuts are a final statement to the Thanksgiving dinner. There are many theories as to the proper way to prepare chestnuts for roasting. Some insist on parboiling them first; others will only roast them in a wooden-handled chestnut roaster in the fireplace, but most take the less dramatic approach and roast them in the oven.



Preheat the oven to 450 F. With a small sharp knife, cut an X in the top of each chestnut to prevent it from exploding in the oven. (Once in a while, this fails to work.)

Spread the chestnuts on a baking sheet and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the shells are puffed and split. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

Crack the shells with your hands or use nutcrackers and picks to remove the nutmeats


  1. sallyflores's avatar


    how long do raw chestnuts stay good in the refridgerator, and when raw do they need to be kept dry?

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