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

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


  • 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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