how to cook chestnuts
three easy methods
Want to know how to cook chestnuts?
Cooking chestnuts is something that is so romantic – it's
something that is done every Autumn when there is a supply of these beautiful
fruits from the chestnut trees.
J’adore les marrons ! Yes, I
love chestnuts and the chestnut festival in France or Fête des Châtaignes in
the Alpes-Maritimes area in France take place every year from October
until November and is a celebration of the beautiful, versatile chestnuts.
If you can gather the fresh chestnuts yourself,
that's fantastic, it is so wonderful and will bring many happy memories for
your children, too.
They are a great addition to your Halloween
party as well as for Christmas feast. If you don't have the opportunity to
gather marrons (which is what they are called in French), for yourself you will
find them in the grocery shops at this time of year and will continue to do so
until well up to Christmas as they are part of the traditional feast at this
time of year.
So having gathered your chestnuts or bought them
from the supermarket, you will want to know how to cook chestnuts in order to
1. They can be cooked on an open fire but you
have to be careful as they will explode. So to prevent this make a slit in the
chestnut with a sharp knife before cooking them and cut through to the fleshy
You will need a special roasting pan for
roasting them on the fire which has a long handle and it has holes in the
bottom. Another good idea is to use a popcorn popper with a lid, so if they
burst you will not get any hot bits flying out at you! They will take about 20
minutes to cook.
2. The easiest method I think is to cook them in
the oven on a baking tray and you will simply slit them and pop them on the
tray for about 20 minutes in the oven and they will be so good everyone will
want to peel their own to eat there and then.
3. Chestnuts can also be boiled and this is a
good method if you want a chestnut purée for use in a recipe.
To cook in this manner, simply wash the chestnut
under running water and cut in half. Check for any signs of worms as often you
will find them in fresh fruits, shows they are organic! Pop them in a pan of
water, bring to boil and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. When cooked, remove
the shells and when cool they can be used as you want. A chestnut puree
can be used in such things as this lovely chestnut gateaux.
You can buy chestnut puree in cans/tins from
good supermarkets or specialist food stores and it is very useful to have in
for Christmas time.
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