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Boiled, Grilled, or Roasted Chestnuts

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
Comments: 2
 

Recipe

Boil chestnuts only if you are going to use them in another recipe afterward. For eating chestnuts out of hand, roast them in the oven or grill them over hot coals.

Yield: Makes 1 pound, 4 to 6 servings
Cooking time:   About 30 Minutes, Plus Time To Preheat The Grill

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chestnuts, flat side cut (see Notes)

Directions

1 To boil: Place in a pot with lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat after 3 or 4 minutes. Remove a few chestnuts from the water at a time and use a sharp knife to cut off the outer and inner skins. Use the chestnuts in other recipes, or reheat according to the directions for Precooked Vegetables in Butter or Oil (see Notes).

2 To grill or roast: Start a charcoal or wood fire, or preheat a gas grill, or turn the oven to 450°F. Place the chestnuts directly on the grill, or on a sheet of aluminum foil with holes poked in it, or on a baking sheet. Grill (preferably with the cover down) or roast, turning occasionally, until you can remove the shells easily, about 15 minutes. Eat warm, out of hand.

Notes

Before cooking a chestnut, score the flat side with a sharp knife, making an "x."

To reheat chestnuts in butter or oil:

1. Turn the heat under a skillet to medium. Add enough butter or olive oil--usually a tablespoon or two--to cover the bottom of the skillet. (Alternatively bring a pot of water to a boil.)

2. Add the vegetables to the pan, turn the heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring, until hot, just a couple of minutes (or submerge in the boiling water until hot, a minute or so). Season and serve.


© 1998 Mark Bittman
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

This recipe serves 6.

185kcal (9%)
22mg (2%)
20mg (33%)
1mcg RAE (0%)
448mg
25mg
2g
8g
4g
40g
0mg (0%)
2mg (0%)
0g (2%)
2g (3%)
1mg (4%)
 

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  • kararota

    07.14.14 Flag comment

    Hi @RobertaC! We included this recipe in a newsletter about foods to make while camping, because it's easy to grill chestnuts on a grate over the hot coals from an open camping fire. All of the recipes on Cookstr are available year-round, so you can access them whenever you need them!

    All best,
    Kara Rota
    Director, Editorial & Partnerships

  • RobertaC

    07.10.14 Flag comment

    Why an article about chestnuts now rather than in the chestnut season, the fall?

 

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