I attempted to roast some chestnuts. You will be unsurprised to hear that they exploded.

(Yes, I cut the little X into them.)
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)

From: [personal profile] twistedchick


It's been a few years since I roasted them, but I cut through the outer skin -- not a small X but a long slice -- and soaked them in water for an hour or two -- because they are always a bit dehydrated -- and then covered the hot chestnuts with a wet towel so they steamed. It worked. I don't have temperatures and times immediately available but I can find them if you want. I also steam-cooked them in the microwave, same principle. They always came out delicious and none exploded.
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)

From: [personal profile] twistedchick


You may also be able to get pre-cooked chestnuts at Trader Joe's or World Market or other places with European food imports -- if I had a steady supply of them I'd be tempted to live on chestnut mousse, chestnut cookies and chestnut-flour nutbread.
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I bet soaking/freshness matters a lot. They get pretty husky and dried-out sitting in US groceries.
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