♪ Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose ♫
That song certainly brings back memories. Well, memories of evading exploding chestnuts that is. If you’re not careful, chestnuts will be flying straight at your face. They may be one of the best winter snacks, but chestnuts can actually cause injuries to home chefs who have no idea how to cook them.
Whole chestnuts cannot be baked in the oven or microwave; or a skillet for that matter. They must be split first before undergoing heat. Otherwise, they may explode and shoot across the room.
With a knife, cut an X in the chestnuts. Make sure that you make the cuts in the chestnuts big enough or they will still explode and make a mess.Trapped steam builds up and caused them to explode. The cuts allow steam to escape the chestnuts while cooking. After cutting, put the chestnuts in a baking pan with the X facing up.
Roast them for approximately 30 minutes. Afterwards, peel back the skin of the nut once they are cool enough to handle, and you got yourself a snack to munch on!
Here’s a quick guide by Martha Stewart on how to select and slice chestnuts.
Here’s another tip on how to cook chestnuts.