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Big Y's Easy Guide to Roasting Chestnuts in the Oven

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Step 1

Start with 1 1/2 pounds fresh chestnuts. Rinse with cold water.

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Step 2

Soak chestnuts in lukewarm water for about 30 minutes to soften the shells.

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Step 3

With a serrated knife, cut an "X" through the rounded part of the shell. This keeps it from exploding while roasting in the oven.

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Step 4

Place chestnuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet.

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Step 5

Bake at 475 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the shells peel back and nuts are tender.

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Step 6

Mound the nuts in the center of a clean kitchen towel and draw up edges into a pouch.

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Step 7

Squeeze the pouch a few times to loosen shells. Let sit for about 10-12 minutes.

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Step 8

Peel the chestnuts gently to remove shells.

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Step 9

Toss with a little olive oil and salt and enjoy!