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    Chestnuts roasting in an open fire, oven or .... a microwave!?

    October 31, 2016

     

    Have you seen some of these gorgeous parcels of goodness and nuttiness scattered on the ground in the park or the woods this Autumn?  What a waste!!

     

    Don’t leave these beauties for the squirrels – spend an absorbing time

    collecting the rounded gems with their shiny brown shells – which can be a pretty addictive process!

    Take them home and cook them any which way you want- over an open fire (as the song goes), roasted in an oven, grilled, boiled or even microwaved.  

     

    Whichever way you cook them make sure you....

    • Give them a really good wash

    • Use a sharp knife to cut a small “X” in the skin.

    • After cooking press nuts in a towel to split skins and peel.
       

    Roasting on an open fire

    • Put chestnuts in a cast-iron frying pan, laid flat sides down,

    • 5 minutes in the embers, turn and back on the coals

     

    Roast in the oven

    • Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F)

    • Put on a baking sheet

    • Put in the centre of the oven for 15-20 mins.

    • Move around occasionally during cooking

     

    Boil on the hob

    • Put in a saucepan of boiling water for 5 mins
       

    Microwave

    • Put in the microwave on “Potato” setting for between 2-5 mins

    • If in doubt stand nearby and listen for the “sizzle”….

     

    To add a little extra yumminess you can sprinkle over cinnamon and roll in a bit of melted butter!

     

    Whichever way you like them we hope you really enjoy them – don’t let those squirrels get them first!!

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