How to Roast Chestnuts

Roasting chestnuts in the oven is the most common method of cooking chestnuts, as it is simple and offers a roasted richness - similar to that of an open fire. 

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Roasting your own chestnuts at home in the oven is a great way to prepare them. This is actually the most common cooking method and you can achieve a richness in flavour that's similar to using an open fire. 

To roast chestnuts in the oven, place them on a large baking tray and ensure they are not overcrowded the following the cooking steps below:

  • Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced)
  • Cut a shallow cross into the flat side of each chestnut shell
  • Place prepared chestnuts onto a baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the shells split open
  • Once cooked, remove chestnuts from the heat
  • While chestnuts are still warm, quickly peel off the outer brown shell and remove the papery thin skin underneath



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