Roast Chestnuts, a Simple Life Pleasure

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . .” how romantic is that..

This is one of the best rewards autumn can bring us: that precious sweet little nut. Yes, precious because chestnuts have much less fat and calories than most nuts and they are classified as a carbohydrate. They are also very nutritious and moreish.

I am going to make this simple: this is how we enjoy this super-tasty nut. My sister has certainly had a fruitful foraging expedition: these chestnuts have been found in the Slovenian mountains near the Italian border.


Chestnuts are delicious roasted in a pan (but you can do them in the oven if you prefer).

To start with, you need to make an incision on the flat side of the chestnut with the tip of the knife.

cutting chestnuts

Then roast them in a pan (special chestnuts pans have holes on them) for about 30 minutes until they cook through. They should be crunchy and of a dark burnt colour and the shell should come off easily.

roasting chestnuts

And finally get yourself a glass of wine and start peeling… the more messy the better.. that’s part of the fun too!

enjoy with a glass of wine

Take a look at “Vida’s chestnuts cake” I posted some time ago, a wonderful cake which combines chocolate with chestnuts.

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22 Responses to Roast Chestnuts, a Simple Life Pleasure

  1. nannina65

    Che meraviglia, le castagne arrosto le adoro, spero di riuscire ad andare a qualche sagra, così mi farò una grande mangiata. Baci Alida sei grande.

  2. la cucina di Molly

    Non le ho ancora comprate, le castagne arrosto sono troppo buone specialmente se accompagnate da un buon vino! Provvederò subito! Complimenti per le foto! Ciao e buon fine settimana!

    • Suzanne

      Cool!!! I love how easy this looks!!! Or are you making it look easy???? How delicious!!! 🙂 I’m going to do this!!! Wonderful!!

  3. All That I'm Eating

    Wonderful. I’ve never roasted my own chestnuts but would love to give it a try.

  4. Balvinder

    I just love the roasting smell of chestnut in this season. I don’t have a covered area outside my house so I prefer roasting it in oven.

  5. Mich - Piece of Cake

    I love chestnuts! We either eat it as it is or cook it with chicken… delicious! It’s so wonderful you get ti pick it fresh.

  6. LinsFood

    Can you go chestnut picking in the UK? Must Google it! I am so going to be doing this! New one for me.

    • My Little Italian Kitchen

      I went looking for them last week but it is not a good season in the UK this year. We had too much rain.
      You will need to buy them this year. Last year I found lots though.

  7. Chestnuts one of my favourite snack when I was a child! I loved them roasted, boiled and even RAW! I should buy them for my kids (served without the wine!! That one is for Mamma). Ciao e Buona Domenica.

  8. Lizzy Frizzfrock

    We don’t have chestnuts in my part of the world and I would love to know the scent of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. What wine do you recommend? That is a lovely red that you have.

  9. Choclette

    What a wonderful basket full of treasure. I love chestnuts but haven’t had them roasted over an open fire for many a long year. For me, they conjure up student days in London, when the winter streets would be be alive with the smell of roasting chestnuts and you could buy a bag full of them as you wondered around trying hard not to burn your hands and fingers. I have no idea if they still do this in London as I hardly ever go there now.

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  12. .gloria

    I love chestnuts and my las post is with chestnuts LOL

  13. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Great post Alida! My family adores chestnuts. Every holiday, when I was young, it was my job to make the little slits in the chestnuts and then we would bake them. I always lined them up in a pan and then they were roasted. We would put them on the holiday table, while they were still hot. Nothing like chestnuts accompanied with wine, chocolates, figs, and a big bowl of fruits. This was right before the desserts would come out with coffee!

    • Alida

      What a lovely memories! Italians still love chestnuts and it is so easy to eat too many. I always do!

  14. Mich Piece of Cake

    I love chestnuts too! And we love to cook them with savoury dishes like chicken.

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