Cooking chestnuts is made easy with this recipe. Take a look at these roasted chestnut pictures on this page. Don't they look good? Moli, and acquaintance of mine, taught me this recipe and some of the chestnut pictures here were provided by her. If you buy high quality chestnuts, the natural shine and freshness will make the finished dish even more tantalizing.
I fell in love with the brown nuts far back in my early years. When I cracked open the fresh chestnuts that fell from the tall chestnut trees and had my hands dyed dark green by the outer most layer of the "shell" (after the green layer fall off, you can see the brown nuts), I never thought that I would be cooking chestnuts the ways I do today. The raw nuts were already tasty enough for me at that time.
If I need to give a name to this roasted chestnut recipe, I would call it Roasted Honey Chestnuts, or Roasted Chestnuts with Honey.
The name Sweet Chestnuts was also suggested. But it made me think of the fried chestnuts I had when I was in Beijing as a young adult. Gosh, that was mouthwatering too. What fun I had when my friends and I hung out with a bag of those sweet and delicious nuts.
Roasted Chestnuts with Honey can be a wonderful snack recipe that provides all the benifits of chestnuts:
They are low in fat, high in fiber and rich in the acids that help lower cholesterol.
They contain much of the B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin and niacin that are good for your health.
They are a source of calcium, iron and phosphorus.
Its starch content is high enough to make it a good candidate to be milled to form flour suitable for baking. If you have celiac disease, chestnut flour is a good option because it is gluten free.
They have been used as a remedy for dry coughs
They are a source of folic acid that is essential in the making of red blood cells.
They are the only nuts that are rich in vitamin C, an important antioxidant.
Enough talk. Now the Roasted Honey Chestnuts recipe.
Roasting Chestnuts: Ingredients
Chestnuts: 1 pound
Honey: 1 tablespoon
Water: 1/2 cup
Roasting Chestnuts: Directions
Wash and dry the chestnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut one end of each chestnut open with scissors or use a knife to cut through one side of the shell. This is an important step because it makes peeling chestnuts a piece of cake, prevents them from "exploding" when heated and let the honey flavor soak in.
Put chestnuts in one roasting pan, with or without foil depending on the condition of your pan. Pour some veggie oil and evenly coat the chestnuts.
Now turn your oven into a chestnut toaster. Put the pan in to roast for about 20 minutes. You'll see the chestnuts open and become bigger.
In the meantime, mix honey and water together. You can change the proportion of water and honey according to your taste. For example, if you like your chestnuts to be sweeter, add more honey.
Take out the chestnuts and brush the honey-water mixture on their surface.
Put the nuts back to oven to roast for about 8 more minutes .