Lou and I took a trip into the city yesterday to see the tree at Rockefeller Center last night. As we continued to walk along 5th ave., gazing at the christmas windows, I spied a chestnut vendor! I haven't seen a chestnut vendor in the city in 20 years. Could be I've been missing them, or could be they hang around where all the really big money is...
. Either way, for 3 bucks, we got 8 perfectly roasted chestnuts.
...I know, inflation....
The shells were pre cut, and peeling was a cinch. In fact, the peeling process was the easiest I'd ever encountered in my life. I was tempted to return to the cart to ask him how he prepared them.
Normally, I cut and roast my chestnuts in a 350 oven for half an hour. The meat is nice and tender, but it does take a bit of an effort to get the shells off in one or two pieces. I've heard that some people boil the nuts. I tried this, but with not overmuch success.
How do you prepare your chestnuts, and what are your typical results.
And...the tree was beautiful. It's actually a 'green' tree this year. The lights are powered by LED panels on top of the surrounding buildings. It was breathtaking.