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Old 12-18-2005, 08:50 PM   #1
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Tell me about Chestnuts

I have heard of chestnuts all my life. I have heard the songs during the Christmas season and everything, but until this year I have never had them. My FIL roasted some and gave my wife a few to give to me. I loved them. Today I was at the supermarket and saw a bin so I decided to buy some. I cut and x on top and put them in a roasting pan. Set the over to 325 and roasted them for 30 minutes. They were delicious! I am hooked. They are unlike any nut that I have ever tried before. What can you tell me about them? Also, I did a search here before I cooked them and came across a thread that said they should be roasted on a rack. What is the reason for this? I did not use a rack and it worked just fine. Why is the rack needed?

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Old 12-19-2005, 12:06 AM   #2
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i often buy big bags of chestnuts, checking each one that the meat inside is solid and fills the soft shell, not squishy.

and just to re-vist some old levity:

then i stand in my doorway, bragging about how good they are.

thus, i have chestnuts, boasting in an open foyer.
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Old 12-19-2005, 12:42 AM   #3
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bucky... have you been dipping in a little too much egg nog there buddy ?
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bucky... you're tooooo funny!
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When I was a girl, my dad used to put chestnuts on a garden shovel and roast them in the fireplace!

You can still buy roast chestnuts from street-sellers in London, I adore the smell of the roasting nuts on the air.... YUM.

My husband loves chestnut stuffing - but to be honest, I normally buy a tin of chestnut stuffing during visits to France and store them in the cupboard until Christmas - he's the only one who eats the stuff.
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Originally Posted by buckytom
i often buy big bags of chestnuts, checking each one that the meat inside is solid and fills the soft shell, not squishy.

and just to re-vist some old levity:

then i stand in my doorway, bragging about how good they are.

thus, i have chestnuts, boasting in an open foyer.
Hilarious Bucky, thank-you for the noon hour chuckle, it was much needed


I love chestnuts too GB, how cool that you're just stumbled upon this culinary gem. I think that they are gorgeous on their own, roasted as you did, and also introgated into recipes like soups, pasta, rice and stuffings (they are a classic brussel sprout accompaniment too, especially when you toss in some bacon - this is something of a timeless flavour trio). My very favourite way to eat chestnuts though, has to be as part of the Italian dessert "Montebianco".
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We also love them. I bet they know how good they taste and try their best to protect themselves well, starting with those spiny outer shell, and then they are a bit of a hassle to prepare... but are so worth the work put in once you conquer them!!

Aside from roasting, we make some great dishes after steaming them (We use a pressure cooker), they are great with brussel sprouts, mushrooms and many other veggies... Also make delicious stuffing for turkey!!

This is one of our favourites. Mont Blanc (see message #5)
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When I was a girl, my dad used to put chestnuts on a garden shovel and roast them in the fireplace!

You can still buy roast chestnuts from street-sellers in London, I adore the smell of the roasting nuts on the air.... YUM.

My husband loves chestnut stuffing - but to be honest, I normally buy a tin of chestnut stuffing during visits to France and store them in the cupboard until Christmas - he's the only one who eats the stuff.
I love chestnuts. It brings life into christmas just before christmas, but Ishbel, you have given me a great idea, to introduce my kids into eating them, maybe we should roast them in the fireplace. I am even game for the garden shovel. they kids will think it's so not allowed and think 'wow lets try it' and the house will be smelling of chestnuts....mmmmmmmhhhhhhhh!
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Old 12-22-2005, 12:06 PM   #10
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I love chestnuts, but I am a real wuss when it comes to roasting and shelling them.

I confess: I just go to Williams Sonoma and buy them in the jar. They taste great, and I don't have sliced up fingers.
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