Oven Roasted Chestnuts

I'm not a Christmas baker. But I miss warm goodness coming from the oven. So I was pleased to roast chestnuts this week with the kids.

This time around I actually looked up directions on-line so we didn't have chestnuts exploding in the oven like last year. I think the lack of theatrics was kind of disappointing for the kids. And although I'm sure these taste nothing like "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" they tasted pretty darn good to Celine and I. Not so much to my younger two. Maybe it's an acquired taste.

What exactly do oven roasted chestnuts taste like? Starchy like potatoes, a little sweeter but not like sweet potatoes. Huh? I'll guess you'll just have to try them yourself. If you don't like them you can always add them to a meal. I chopped and blended the leftovers into our supper pot o' soup.

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  • Nicole Gunter

    Nicole Gunter on Dec. 14, 2008, 3:11 a.m.

    We tried "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" one Christmas...not so good! I would definately look up some instructions before we try it again!

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  • Shawna

    Shawna on Dec. 14, 2008, 8 a.m.

    Oh my goodness how I love chestnuts. I got addicted to them one year when I lived in France, but I seem to be the only one who loves them this much in my family. I have yet to try my hand at chestnut soup, but I sure would enjoy it. I emailed you via your site, so let me know if you don't get it and I'll try again. :O) Happy weekend.

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  • Cindy and Rodney

    Cindy and Rodney on Dec. 14, 2008, 5:53 p.m.

    Ah yes...... I do remember exploding chestnuts when I was a kid! It's been years, but they are wonderful and your blog brought back memories. My dad would buy them and my mom would roll her eyes, but we all enjoyed them immensely! Thanks, Renee! Enjoy the season!

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  • Karen

    Karen on Dec. 14, 2008, 6:53 p.m.

    I should have read this info before yesterday when I was talking to another customer at an Italian store in Halifax (not like Edmonton's Italian Centre but glad to have found it) as we bagged our chestnuts and discussed how to roast them. All I knew for sure was that you had to puncture the outside to avoid their exploding. Thanks for the chestnut 'hotline' - going to roast some for the stuffing for the turkey.

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