Roasted Chestnuts (Castanhas Assadas)

Roasted Chestnuts, or Castanhas Assadas, are a Portuguese classic. Most typically roasted on open flames, castanhas assadas are a very typical food to eat in Portuguese cuisine, especially during the São Martinho festival celebrations. They are the perfect amount of soft, sweet, and savory. They are a super simple and easy to make snack that is always a great comfort food to share with guests. If you do not have an open flame to grill the chestnuts on, you may also use an oven.

2 pounds chestnuts
1 cup water
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt to taste
1) Preheat the oven to 345 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Wash the chestnuts in water.
3) Make a horizontal cut on the side of each chestnut.
4) Place the chestnuts on a baking tray and sprinkle with the water and the salt to taste.
5) Roast the chestnuts for about 30-35 minutes in the oven until they are browned but not overcooked and soft on the inside. You must find a healthy medium to make sure they are not too soft and not too cooked as it makes all the difference.
6) Once they are done, serve while hot.

1 Comment

  1. Just a friendly advice.
    Once done, store them inside a newspapper or a towel. The damp will make then softer and easier to peel off.

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