Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chestnuts roasting in a gas oven...

Living in South Florida deprives me of some of life's simple pleasures - like having a basement, a change of seasons, Cheerwine, or a fireplace.  


Luckily, I have a great gas stove top and oven which I love.  The recent weather has dipped down into the 70's, so we immediately pull out the sofa blankets, Jacques Torres Wicked hot chocolate (so good I would trade one of my kids for a case of this stuff),  and our winter bathing suits.  This weather also brings out my craving for Roasted Chestnuts.  These are almost as good as the ones sold piping hot by the street vendors in Chicago.

They are easy to make, once you get past cutting the 'X' part, and they are healthy for you.  Did I mention that my Babe is an athlete, fitness fanatic, and health nut?  Naturally low in carbs and fat, high in vitamins C and B and delicious, so he enjoys them more.

These can also be made in an electric oven.

Chestnuts in the Tropics 

Wipe the chestnuts with a damp cloth.  Place, flat side down, on a cutting board, then CAREFULLY cut a cross shaped mark on each one.  This allows the steam to escape while roasting.  Skipping this step because you just got a manicure,  may result with nuts exploding in your oven.  Trust me on this one.

Add 4 T of kosher salt, and 2 T sugar to 4 cups of water and stir to dissolve.  Soak the chestnuts in the water for about an hour.  Drain and lightly towel dry.

Preheat oven to 425*

Place on your baking sheet, and roast for 15 minutes, turn over, and roast an additional 10-15 minutes.  The shell will have pulled back from the nut inside.  Allow to cool for a few minutes, peel and enjoy.  Eat happy!

Babe and I did, with a cup of Hot KoKo Nut!  Drink happy!

Hot KoKo Nut

Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate
   (made according to package directions or you can use your favorite hot chocolate recipe)
Add 1 generous ounce of Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, top with a dollop of whipped cream.  No cherry required.

1 comment:

  1. Trying to think low fat during the holidays can be difficult. When I make my Jacque Torres Wicked Chocolate instead of using milk I use water and it is still delicious!