Spiced Roasted Chestnuts

These sweet&savoury Spiced Roasted Chestnuts with butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, and herbs is a delightful snack for Christmas holidays.

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”

Hello, my friends! Happy (almost) Friday although I am positive that when you read this post, there would be Friday (Probably even Saturday) for you. Keeping things sweet and short again today. Would anyone love some of these Spiced Roasted Chestnuts? It looks it’s a chestnut season for me this year – I’ve already shared one festive recipe with you. I will also publish another chestnut post soon, and there’s one idea more in my head.

Chestnuts are common in North America, but I was a bit surprised to learn that some of my food bloggers’ colleagues have never tried them. Chestnuts (Don’t confuse them with water chestnuts, though) is that thing which you either like or dislike. However, you can always enhance their flavour. For instance, Andrey doesn’t like them simply roasted, but he enjoyed that flatbread and these sweet&savoury Spiced Roasted Chestnuts.

I need to confess, though. I cheated. Instead of buying raw chestnuts, I used some cooked chestnuts from the package. I know, embarrassing. In fact, I was going to use raw chestnuts for my culinary experiments, but I found out fresh chestnuts in our local stores were the way more expensive than pre-cooked. Why not use these, right? The huge bonus is that you don’t need to mess with peeling and baking them which means saving at least 30 minutes. That’s a win-win, in my book! Besides, roasting already cooked chestnuts make them a bit chewy, and I loved that texture!

And the taste? These Spiced Roasted Chestnuts are rather delicious. Imagine the sweet&savoury combination of melted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, dried garlic and herbs, smoked paprika, and warming spices. The only one little thing I didn’t fully like about them is that they’re quite sticky. But that’s my personal thing: I am not a huge fan of sticky food like ribs or wings. While I like the taste, I also love to have my fingers clean :)

Anyway, imagine a fireplace (real), Christmas tree (preferably real), candles, the aroma of mandarin oranges and cinnamon, and the snow outside. Then you’re making tasty mulled wine or just spiced tea and you’re enjoying it along with warm, sweet&savoury chestnuts. Perfect image, isn’t it?

 

 

Spiced Roasted Chestnuts

Ingredients

  • 500 gr. cooked chestnuts (packaged)
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of dried garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried herbs de Provence
  • 1/4 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (360 degrees F).
  2. In a bowl (or better container with a lid) combine all wet and dry ingredients (except the chestnuts). Add the chestnuts and mix to coat (You can shake as well).
  3. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes at 180C then decrease temperature to 160C and continue cooking for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let slightly cool.
  6. Enjoy.
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3 thoughts on “Spiced Roasted Chestnuts

  1. What a fun recipe! We actually got raw chestnuts last year (or maybe it was the year before?) and roasted them in the fireplace. Kinda fun to say we did it, but we were less than impressed with the actual taste. It reminded us of potatoes (odd, I know). I love the idea of adding spices and seasonings like this! I might have to try that experiment again this year…but with your recipe in hand!
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  2. I’m all for shortcuts in cooking–there’s nothing wrong with buying pre-cooked chestnuts! I love the mix of spices you used in this recipe and I love the thought of eating them in front of a fire next to a Christmas tree even more :). Hope you had a great weekend, Ben!

  3. You’re definitely describing a wonderful image. And with the snow we’ve had overnight, I’m wishing I was curled up by the fire, in my jammies with alllll the comfort food. I’m definitely gonna have to give chestnuts another go because these sound fabulous! Have an awesome weekend ahead, Ben :)

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