For the next 12 days we’ll bring you recipes that are perfect for Christmas and holiday celebrations. We’ll feature more drinks and sugar than normal, because let’s face it holiday celebrations often involve family or coworkers, sometimes both. Alcohol and sugar will help you make it through. But first here’s a snack that’s perfect cooked indoors or out.
Chestnuts can be roasted many different ways but over an open fire is always best. There are baskets made to use in a fireplace or grill but I find that a sheet of tin foil over a grill grate on top of a good bed of coals with holes punched through it works great. Just cut an X on the flat side of each nut then place on top of hot coals. Do not forget to cut skins or the chestnuts will explode. Shake or stir the nuts every 10 minutes until done, about 30-45 minutes depending on the heat of the fire. Serve while still warm.