The smell of roasted chestnuts coming out of the oven is a sign that Christmas is around the corner! Super easy to make and so delicious!
Ahhhhhh the smell of roasted chestnuts!!! For me, it means it’s Christmas FOR REAL. Much like clementines and their citrus smell, the sent of the house as your family’s traditional Christmas meal is cooking, or freshly baked Christmas cookies can also remind you of Christmas.
I find that there is just something about smell and its link to memory that is so fascinating. It really shows how the brain also plays a huge part in how we taste food.
Now we all know the Christmas song called The Christmas Song with the famous line “chestnuts roasting on an open fire”, but you don’t need to miss out on the goodness of roasted chestnuts if you don’t have a fireplace! BECAUSE…
They are super simple to make in the oven!!! Just remember to score them or else they may pop!
Also! If you ever find yourself in Beijing, do buy yourself some from a street vendor, they are AMAZING and the best roasted chestnuts I’ve ever had!
Hope you enjoy!
- About 20 chestnuts
Preheat oven to 400F and score the chestnuts so that excess steam can escape (and not pop open).
Place on a pie plate or cookie sheet and cook for 30 - 40 minutes until tender. To check if they are tender, crack one open using an oven mitt (they are very hot!) and check to see that the nut meat inside is soft all the way through.
Once cooked, let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before cracking them open to eat.
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