How to Cook and Prepare Chestnuts?

How to Cook and Prepare Chestnuts?

Summary

Freshly cooked chestnuts are delicious on their own, and they're also a great accompaniment to savory and sweet dishes. This simple how-to shows you that an open flame isn't the only way to cook these delicious nuts.

Chestnuts are intoxicating in both aroma and taste - their sweet flavor, accompanied by a pleasantly crumbly and velvety smooth texture, is simply unique. Unlike other nuts, they can only be eaten cooked and have a unique nutritional profile: low in fat, high in fiber, and rich in vitamin C! 

Freshly cooked chestnuts are delicious on their own, and they're also a great accompaniment to savory and sweet dishes. This simple how-to shows you that an open flame isn't the only way to cook these delicious nuts.

How to prepare chestnuts for cooking?

Rinse chestnuts in cold water and dry them before cooking. Be sure to cut open the chestnut shell before cooking to prevent it from bursting. Lay each chestnut flat and use a sharp knife to cut a shallow cross into the chestnut shell. The cut should go through the entire thickness of the shell, but not so deep that it penetrates the flesh.

How to cook chestnuts?

Oven baked

Chestnuts are usually the most common method of cooking because it is simple and provides a roasted richness similar to an open flame. Preheat the oven to about 200℃. Place chestnuts in a single layer in a large roasting pan and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the cuts begin to open.

Pan roasted

Chestnuts also give them a smoky flavor. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat, then add the chestnuts in a single layer. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until tender, shaking the pan every few minutes.

Boiled

While cooking won't give chestnuts the smoky toasty flavor, it's a great way to keep the flesh soft and creamy. This is also a good method if the various chestnuts you use are difficult to peel. Place the prepared chestnuts in a pot of cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until tender.

Microwave oven

Place 6 to 8 prepared chestnuts in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate. Cook on high every minute until tender.

How to peel chestnuts?

When done cooking, wrap the chestnuts in a tea towel and let sit for 10 minutes (this will make the peeling process easier). Once they're cool enough to handle, peel off the shells. If cooked, the chestnuts don't need to be wrapped in a tea towel; just remove the chestnuts from the water one at a time and peel them.

Tip: Chestnuts are easier to peel when they're hot - so don't let them wait too long!

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