We all sing about them during the festive season, but have you ever actually made roast chestnuts? If not, we think you should give these a try and no, there’s no need for an open fire to do so. We’re delving back into the ProCook archive with this one and sharing with you our take on this Christmas classic.
There is much dispute as to why we started snacking on these nutty treats during the festive period, but when they’re roasted their raw, bitter flavour sweetens which may help explain why they began being consumed around Christmas; generally people tend to indulge in sweeter treats at this time of year and it’s clear that this isn’t a recent trend, there’s evidence we’ve been doing it for centuries! Whatever the reason may be, we’re glad they did as chestnuts are low in fat, high in fibre and packed with minerals and vitamins making them a healthier choice than you may expect.
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These are much simpler to make than you may think, and the smell of chestnuts roasting couldn’t be more reminiscent of chilly nights spent at Christmas markets perusing all of the gifts and tasty treats on offer and is sure to fill your home with Christmas spirit. Roasted in a saute pan rather than over an open fire, they’re then topped with a rosemary, black pepper and salt sprinkle made in a pestle and mortar and that’s all there is to it! We think these make a great snack for young and old alike, and think they look great served in a simple paper cone to add that special festive touch.