This is the time of year to find chestnuts at the grocery store.Not every grocery store will have them but the specialty stores will. This is the easiest way to make them.Chestnuts are a tradition to make on Christmas in some cultures. It’s a perfect after dinner treat for the holidays.
To cook 1/2 pound of chestnuts,Heat your oven to 425. Take a knife and make a slice across one side of every chestnut. Don’t cut too deep just enough to cut the shell. Some people cut a cross into them but I think that is just more work and all you need is a slice. Lay them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven for about 30 minutes. shake the pan several times to cook evenly The shell will open a little when cooking to make it easy to peel. This is something that can be done ahead of time if your going to serve them later on that at night.
Don’t wait till they are cold to eat because it will not be easy to peel then. You can also cook them on a barbeque, just use a grill pan and cook, shake often to evenly cook.
Nutrient composition of 1
ounce (3 chestnuts/ounce)
Protein 1.2 grams
Fat 0.3 grams
Carbohydrate 14.4 grams
Vitamin C 11 mg
Potassium 135 mg
source: USDA; www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/)