How to Roast Chestnuts Over an Open Fire (Plus Chestnut Roaster Giveaway!)

by Brett & Kate McKay on November 22, 2011 · 529 comments

in Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure

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You’ve probably heard the “Christmas Song” hundreds of times in your life, and you’re well familiar with that opening line about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.”

But how many of us have actually partaken in this holiday tradition? If you’ve never had a warm roasted chestnut, you’re missing out. Chestnuts grow from mid-fall to early-spring, and they peak during the holidays—which is why they’re associated with this time of year. They have a texture kind of like a baked potato, and they’re the only nut that contains vitamin C, so eating some is a good way to ward off winter scurvy if you’ll be spending Christmas sailing as a pirate. The sweet, nutty flavor of chestnuts will warm your manly holiday spirit to the core, and most importantly, roasting them gives you an excuse to do something with fire.

What You Need

The Roaster

Yes, you can roast chestnuts in the oven. But what would be the fun in that? A man never misses a chance to build a fire and cook over it.

To roast your chestnuts, you’ll need a pan that you can put into the fire. Long-handled popcorn or chestnut roasters make the ideal vessels for open fire chestnut roasting, as they allow you to roast the nuts without burning your face off. And their lids let you shake the chestnuts around for even roasting, instead of having to turn them over yourself or losing a few when flipping them in a lid-less pan.

If you don’t have a long-handled roaster, you can get by with a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or some other pan. Just be careful not to burn yourself. If you have an old beat-up skillet, you can turn it into a bona fide chestnut roaster by drilling 30 or so holes in the bottom.

If you don’t have a chestnut roaster or a skillet, you can also use a fireplace shovel. And I suppose you could even try sticking them individually on skewers like the boys in the opening image, if you’re the patient type.

The Chestnuts

You can buy chestnuts at some grocery stores, but you may want to call ahead to make sure they have them. While dozens of chestnut varieties exist, most people roast Castagne and Marroni chestnuts at the holidays. Castagne are more common, while the Marroni are a more expensive specialty. The nut of the Marroni is sweeter and plumper, and it peels away from the skin more easily.

When choosing your chestnuts, look for those that are plump, smooth, shiny, and blemish-free. Moldy chestnuts are a common problem, so squeeze and shake the chestnut to see if the nut has shriveled up and pulled away from the shell.

Keep in mind that the larger the chestnut, the longer it will take to roast. Pick chestnuts that are fairly uniform in size and will thus be done at the same time.

Preparation

Rinse the chestnuts under cold water. Lay them on a towel and pat dry.

Before roasting chestnuts, you must score them to allow steam to escape and prevent them from exploding like chestnut bombs while cooking. Simply take a sharp knife and cut an “X” into the flat side of each chestnut.

Once your chestnuts are clean, dry, and scored, build a warm, cozy fire in the fireplace. Let it burn down so that you have a nice bed of hot embers.

Roasting

Place the chestnuts in a single layer in the pan. No need to add oil or grease; as they cook, the chestnuts will release their own oil.

Cover the pan with a lid and hold it over, but not directly in, the fire. After five minutes or so, shake or stir the chestnuts around, making sure to roast all sides adequately. Repeat this process every few minutes.

I didn’t have time to wait for a proper ember bed, so I did stick the chesnuts directly in the fire somewhat, even though it isn’t reccomended. The outsides got charred, but the insides were mostly okay.

Most chestnuts will fully roast after 25 minutes. A chestnut is fully roasted when the shell starts to open where you made the score mark and you start hearing popping noises. You can also check for doneness by piercing a chestnut with a knife; it should be tender.

Remove the chestnuts and place them in a towel-lined bowl to cool for about 10 minutes. While they’re still warm, remove the shells. The fuzzy inside skin will peel off along with the outer shell.

You can eat the chestnuts plain or dip them in butter and cinnamon for extra holiday flavor and goodness.

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Win a Jacob Bromwell Chestnut Roaster

The folks at Jacob Bromwell sent me one of their chestnut roasters so I could fulfill my dream of finally trying this classic holiday tradition. And they also offered to give away one of their roasters to a lucky AoM reader as well.

Established in 1819, Jacob Bromwell is America’s oldest cookware company. All of their kitchen and campfire cookware is handcrafted and made in America, just like it was almost 200 years ago. And all their products are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Their sturdy, authentic chestnut roasters have a nice wooden handle to keep your hands cool, and they can also be used to pop popcorn in the fire, if chestnuts aren’t your thing. The roaster will surely be enjoyed by your family for decades of holiday fun.

Entering to win one of these old fashioned roasters is easy. Just leave a comment giving us your thoughts on chestnuts or simply sharing your favorite holiday tradition.

Contest is over. Winner will be selected shortly.

201 Collin November 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

I remember doing this when I was a little kid in my parent’s fire place. Soooo gooood.

202 Garrett November 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

I tried roasting them in the oven last year… Epic fail.

Perhaps a new roaster from Jacob Bromwell would do the trick!

Happy holidays, all.

203 Travis Kaiser November 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

I have always wanted to roast chestnuts! This would definitely start a new family tradition for us. Our favorite tradition is getting together to watch Christmas movie classics and play some good rounds of Scrabble or Phase 10.

204 John B November 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

would love to do this with my kids! We comment about how fun it would be every time we see a chestnut vendor on the street during the Holidays…..!

205 Lukas November 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

In Paris, street vendors sell roasted chestnuts to passers-by; ’tis the perfect snack on a crisp, cold night.

206 Ben November 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’ve always been curious to try this. Winning the roaster would be a great reason to give it a shot!

207 Marcus Davis November 23, 2011 at 9:28 am

I live in South Florida and it doesn’t get very wintery cold, and most of us don’t have fireplaces, but I wish I could roast chestnuts this Christmas season, and I’ll certainly be looking for sn opportunity to do so this winter. I regret having to give away my fire pit when moving into our apartment recently from a house where we enjoyed the fire on cool evenings in the backyard.

Alas, I will find a way. I always do.

208 Jeremy November 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

I’ve never actually seen a chestnut in person…….They look good. Sounds like a new tradition approaching.

209 Troy Thomas November 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

Hey great post on chestnuts! My experience with them is that I loved the smell of them roasting but I REALLY didn’t like the taste.
Cheers!

210 Steve O November 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

What a great idea. The perfect excuse to get the chimney swept and have a fire rather than central heating.

211 Chris November 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

Florida does not have a lot of fireplaces. So when I finally lived somewhere with one, I knew I had to roast chestnuts on an open fire. But, I didn’t know what chestnuts were so I used whatever nuts I could, and I did not have a chestnut roaster, so I used an eggbeater. Luckily, the fire was in a weak gas fireplace so I did not burn myself. Hopefully I can get a real chestnut roaster now that I know how to properly make this tradition a reality.

212 Lee November 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

I have always wanted to roast chestnuts over an open fire. Not only because of the song, of course, but also because they are featured in my favorite poem, “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manly Hopkins. “Fresh firecoals, chestnut falls,” referring in particular to the beauty of sudden change. Of course, with one of these roasters, I am unlikely to replicate the line in the poem by accident, but that’s fine with me, as I would also like to eat them (and there are ways of making chestnuts fall, waiting until THAT firecoal in particular is just hot enough to satisfyingly spark and explode when said chestnut is “dropped” on it).

213 Brandon Foss November 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

I’ve never tried chestnuts, but I’ve always wanted to and just lacked the know how. I plan on trying this tomorrow while we’re waiting for the feast to cook. I think I’ll haul out the charcoal grill and use my veggie basket.
Since our daughter joined our family my wife and I have been trying to come up with our own traditions, and since I never really had the customary ones growing up the old fashioned ones definitely have cultural nostalgia for me. Thanks for the article!

214 actionjksn November 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

I have always wanted to try them too.

215 Caleb Yarbrough November 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

I have always wondered about “chesnuts roasted over an open fire”. That roaster looks like a lot of fun.

216 Bryant November 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

Perfect date idea, I really need to give this a try. Also, how have I never heard of Jacob Bromwell?

217 Bruce Williamson November 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

We roast chestnuts in the oven. It’s the chipmunks that we roast over the open fire! :)

218 Ryan Mankin November 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

Great article. I have never roasted chestnuts before. Now I can’t wait to build a fire in the fireplace with my girl and roast some chestnuts this December…

Thanks!

219 Shawn McNulty November 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

I’ve always wanted to roast chestnuts, and now I know how. Thanks once again AoM.

Oh, and when I just told my wife that I was going to comment so I could be entered in the contest, her response was “tell them I like your chestnuts.”

So, um, yeah.

Shawn

220 mike November 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

Few things more suave than roasting chestnuts. Add a smoking jacket, pipe, and some brandy and suddenly you’re the next bond.

221 Kyle November 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

I’ve never had chestnuts, but I think I will now.

222 Stacey Wallace November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

Growing up in a Jewish home on Long Island there weren’t many traditions that included roasting chestnuts for the holidays. Sure, we had the eight days of lighting the menorah, a different gift exchange each night, the search for the hidden matzo and all the latka you could consume, but there is something to be said about Christmas time in New York.
I remember my mom would take me into the city for a holiday treat. Waking up early enough to catch the morning train in, making sure we had our scarves and gloves. We would walk around and marvel at all the decorated store windows, donate to some of the bell ringers who stood at the doorway of every store front, marvel at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, always stopped for just one truffle at Teuscher’s Chocolate Shop on the promenade, and buying chestnuts from the street vendor just to warm away the chill of the damp winter air. Still takes my breath away and leaves a tear in my heart.
The holidays were never about the giving or the receiving for me, it was always about the time I got to spend with my mom, just the two of us, taking on the big city.
It’s almost forty years later, I have since moved to South Florida where the only chill is the look in my mom’s eyes as she gives it her all to remember me and the yester-years through her Alzheimer’s. As many times as I’ve gone home, it has never been the same and never will be. I will always be Momma’s little girl.
The smell of chestnuts roasting will always keep her in my heart and so it would be wonderful to win a chestnut roaster to maintain a precious part of our holiday tradition.
Happy Holidays to all of you!

223 Chad Smith November 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

I have for as long as I can remember, wanted to roast chesnuts. Living in military housing while growing up has prevented me from ever having a fireplace. As well, living in Canada has made it impossobile to sit outside around a fire! I do now in my home have a wood stove, and would love to try roasting some chestnuts in there!!

224 Paul Parten November 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

A couple of years back, me and my wife were renting a huge farmhouse that actually had about a dozen huge chestnut trees on the property and an old wood-burning stove in the den. That winter we roasted chestnuts until we were sick of them. Good times and stomach aches were had by all.

225 Tony November 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

My family would always bust out the sleeping bags and camp out in the living room on Christmas Eve. Come morning, the first person to wake up would try and be quiet, but would eventually wake the rest of us up. Then, after presents, we’d make a huge breakfast: bacon, eggs, hash browns, toast, pancakes, all in massive quantities, then eat until the food coma set in.

226 Chase November 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

I’ve never had a chestnut, roasted or otherwise, unless, of coarse, water chestnuts in chinese food counts, not. There are a couple of holiday traditions in my family. one is we always meet at my grandparents house on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts with the extended family, have dinner, and afterwards the men all meet in the backyard for a cigar. Then, that night at home, My mother always has us open a gift a little early, every year, that night before christmas we get a brand new pair of pajamas to cozy up in till morning as we wait for Santa to squeeze in through the four inch exhaust of our gas fireplace and eat his cookies.

227 Doug November 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

Sounds like a new/old tradition needs to be started in my house. No firepace but the backyard campfire will work.

228 Travis mccleary November 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

I have never has any roasted chestnuts but I will now. Thanks

229 jon November 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

i know its been said, many times, everywhere, but marry chriiisssstmaaaas, tooooooooooooooooo…… yoooooooouuuuuuuu. Great article, looking forward to roasted chestnuts and a glass of brandy.

230 Karl November 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

Ahh yes. Warm & toasty nuts on a cold winter night are indeed a joy of all men.

231 James Wood November 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

My wife and I are very close to her family, and like to wake up and head over to their house on Thanksgiving morning. We pre-make a breakfast casserole the night before to feed her parents and sister to get ready for the long day of cooking. Once the coffee is made, we fire up the tv to watch the Macy’s parade. My mother-in-laws side of the family comes over for dinner, and the door is always open to friends and other family. Roasting chestnuts in the fireplace would be a wonderful addition to the after-dinner tradition of playing board games. I think I will go to the store after work today!

232 Kyle November 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

I’ve always wanted to try this…now if I only had a proper fireplace in which to do it!

233 Adam November 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

Kyle, I have to agree. Sounds great… really need a fireplace though. Maybe a woodstove?

234 Kathy November 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

We just tried to roast in the woodstove, using a vegetable roaster for the grill. Burned the outside and the insides were undone. My husband resorted to the oven, which I say is just not the manly way to do things. C’mon…it’s fire! Have fun with it. Sigh. He spends a fortune on chestnuts, might as well do it right! Enjoy your nuts, men!

235 Perry November 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

I’m in, this sounds like a great new holiday tradition. Just got my firewood last weekend and suppose to get a little snow this weekend, so the timing is perfect. Now just need to win the chestnut roaster.

236 Melissa Edens November 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

We have used the oven to roast chestnuts the past few years. They are tasty when home made. The first ever time we had them, we bought them in a package at the store. SLIMY. We were almost put off by them, but I am so glad we tried again! This year, we plan to try them in the stuffing!

237 Derek November 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’ve never done this before, but I’d love to start the tradition. Not this Christmas, but the coming one will be my first Christmas with my wife (we’re getting married in May) and new traditions that are ours would always be a great thing!

238 Charlie November 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

Fantastic! I’ll definitely be roasting chestnuts this December! But really Brett, Christmas posts before Thanksgiving? Let’s take it one holiday at a time, shall we?

239 Lee Romaniw November 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

I don’t have many thoughts on chestnuts, since I’ve never tried them before. So my thought is that I would love to win this to be inspired to actually cook some.

240 Paul November 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

Our local market sells roasted chestnuts this time of year and I’ve really come to look forward to them as a seasonal comfort snack. I’ve thought for some time that it would be a fun activity at Christmas to gather around the fire tell stories and roast some of our own. Thanks so much for the informative post. I work as a mentor to young men (and some older men) and find myself often recommending your site for sagely wisdom. So many men these days are in need of the tips you provide. I especially like the posts on conversational narcissism and giving and receiving feedback.

241 CJ Clanton November 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

I love your site. It’s my first go-to when my husband has a guy question, like picking good scotch. I roasted my first chestnuts yesterday, in the oven unfortunately since I don’t yet have one of these fine roasters. But I will definitely track one down now that I have tasted these sweet nuggets. Thank you for such a great informative site.

242 Brad November 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

Oddly, the “Christmas Song” is my favorite Christmas song during the holidays!! From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas night at midnight, our family has Christmas music playing where ever we are. I’ve always wanted to know the history of roasting chestnuts and now I have been educated! Thanks and Happy Holidays!!

243 R. Pierce November 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

Much like many of the other folks here, I’ve never done this before – and I’d imagine that for many in my generation, roasting chestnuts remains a lost art (much like the art of manliness in general, perhaps?). Would love to start though!

Now… just have to find a wood-burning stove somewhere…

244 Brent Young November 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

I too have had a dream of roasting chestnuts. I thought I had finally achieved it last year when I realized I had moved somewhere where I could get ahold of some. However I chose to follow some bad advice on the Internet which ended in me giving them something of a steam bath instead. They were horrible. I’d like to try it right.

245 Rick November 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

Favorite Christmas tradition would have to be an afternoon or evening of sledding followed up by hot chocolate and a fire. Adding chestnuts roasting over that open fire would be cool.

246 Michael November 23, 2011 at 11:03 am

I used to get roasted chestnuts from street vendors when I lived in Europe. They are delicious, and I miss them. Please enter me into the contest to win the roaster.

247 Jared Brus November 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

This would make a great, inexpensive date activity! Sign me up.

248 Bob November 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

Once I tried putting them in aluminum foil and placing them in a roaring fire…..bad idea! The ones that did not explode were burned. Naturally, the family will not forget the incident.

249 Thomas November 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

I’ve never roasted chestnuts before, but have always wondered how to do it. Now I MUST try it! I can see this turning into a family tradition! Thank you, Brett and Kate, for the great article.

250 Jack November 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

My boys would have a blast doing this…

251 Barry November 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

Ahhh chestnuts….. My father first introduced me to them when I was about 10 when he finally took some off our uncles farm and roasted them over a fire pit using a contraption his father had built. As times change though we’ve resorted to oven preparation as the previously mentioned contraption saw too much flame…. Always willing to go back?

As far as other holiday traditions, nothing compares to going out in the cold weather and chopping down the perfect Christmas tree…. Always looks smaller in the field than your house hahahaha

252 Lefty November 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

I love AoM during the Holidays…it’s hard to find the authentic Holiday experience anymore. The Art of Manliness Holiday e-book is simply magic, and it re-instilled the subtle traditions that weave a lifelong tapestry of warm memories. I currently roast in tinfoil right on the embers–with a splash of wine in there for flavor– and while I enjoy the process, a roaster might just save my fingerprints. I have visions of building a fire in the hearth, pouring a small glass of port wine, Crosby crooning “The Christmas Song” with the requisite pop and sizzle of old vinyl records, and leaning back to read Robert Ruark’s “The Old Man and the Boy” in the warm Rockwell glow of our self-felled Tannenbaum. Happy Holidays to Art of Manliness, the best and last testament to authentic living.

253 Brittan November 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

I love chestnuts in holiday cooking — especially in French baked goods! Yum!

254 Tom November 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

Thanks for the great article. Nothing is much finer that freshly roasted chestnuts this time of year. They are perfect when they are still warm.

It takes a little time to cut the nuts, and it can be hard to be patient while they roast, but as with all great things, your diligence and patience will be greatly rewarded.

255 Joseph November 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

I’ve never roasted chestnuts before. I just might try it this year.

256 Jeremy November 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

I roasted chestnuts in the oven a few years back. I though they were great, but nobody else in the family really enjoyed them.

257 Coriander November 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

I wish I had read this before roasting chestnuts in the oven last night. I have been cutting them in the wrong place. Plus eating them cold the next morning was not the way to convince my son they are any good. Will try it again this weekend. Thanks for the photos.

258 Julian November 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

Have to say my favourite thing about chestnuts is how real it makes the holidays feel. The gathering together and waiting, the kids watching eagerly as dad or granddad stokes the fire, the anticipation when they start to pop. Playing old Christmas records and munching as we watch the dying embers fizzle away.

259 Joshua November 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

I have never even thought of actualy roasting chestnuts until I read this article. I will be trying it this year with my children to start a new tradition.

260 Neil November 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

Chestnuts just may be the best nuts. I can’t wait to make some memories.

261 Alan November 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

Awesome article. I’ve never done this before, but I definitely want to give it a try!

262 Nathan W November 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

I looked for chestnuts last year, in hopes to roast some. I never found them and frankly wouldn’t have known how to roast them. Thanks for the article. Definately going to try this this year.

Every Christmas, the big family heads outside for a big game of broomball. We play on the pond in the backyard which often has some pretty thin spots and somebody usually falls through. But we have a big bonfire that we huddle around and sing carrols. It is a lovely way to be outside and enjoy the warm family ties despite the cold.

263 Aaron Root November 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

Would love to try this. All I need is some chestnuts … and a roaster … and, um, a fire. Plan to move in a few months, and a wood-burning fireplace is high on my features list for house-hunting.

264 Joe November 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I’ve always wanted to roast chestnuts over a fire. Unfortunately I’ve always lived in an apartment or home without a fireplace. My wife and I just bought a house with a fireplace this month and I’m definitely roasting some this year.
Would be great to win the roaster, but I can always improvise.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

265 Scott Knauer November 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I love making fires during the holidays, but I’ve never roasted or tasted a chestnut! I can’t help but feel like I’ve been doing myself and my family some sort of disservice all these years.

266 Kevin November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Never roasted chestnuts successfully, but certainly willing to try! I love playing w/ Fire!

Favorite Christmas tradition? Definately the traditional Swedish Christmas dinner over at my in-laws.

K

267 darrin crow November 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I’ve never roasted a chestnut or eaten a roasted chestnut; so I’d love to try it!

268 Timothy November 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Sadly, this is a holiday tradition that my family never engaged in growing up. Not sure why really, but after listening to Nat and reading this post I feel like I haven’t gotten the full Christmas experience ever. Now, as a father of three, it seems like a great thing to do. Something memorable that could turn into a new Christmas tradition. That’s it.

Chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire this Christmas!

269 Kenneth Payne November 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Leave it to AoM to teach us all a great old manly holiday tradition. Thanks, Brett.

270 Don November 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I haven’t roasted chestnuts in far too long. In my family its almost become a forgotten thing. Reading this reminds me of how much fun it would be to do it again. Of course, winning the roaster would definitely help with that :)

271 tony November 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

It my job to track down chestnuts every year for my Mom. I have been doing that little task for her for 25 years!

You can find some at Kroeger grocery stores sometimes but they are usually full of mold. Also inspect every single one for tiny little worm holes, or else you will end up with a nasty one.

I have ordered and tried every retailer online. The best one is Girolami farms. I return to them to order year after year.

272 Ted November 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Here’s a little tip:
Try to cut a long cut right across the round part of the nut, rather than cutting just an x. That makes it easier to peel the shell off and the nuts roast better. They open up nicely when their done.
Also, you got to keep them moving when roasting, so shake the pan back and forth often.
Have fun!

273 Tony T November 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I have never roasted chestnut. but i think i’ll head to the store and buy some on the way home today, and give it a try. After all, a man really does like to cook anything when there is a fire. :)

274 Matt G November 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I actually got to sing the “Chestnuts” song as a solo for choir one year. I was wandering around the audience and when I got to “tiny tots” I patted a little feller on the head. Looked scared to death.

275 Matt RAy November 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

The first time I realized what Chestnuts were was when I went on vacation in Paris. Before that I’d seen those things, but didn’t realize they were what they sang about in that song. As kids we would drill holes in the chestnuts and tie a string around them and use them to try and break other kids chestnuts with. An alternative to pencil wars! :-)

276 Karl November 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I have never had the opportunity to roast chestnuts but I am thinking that this might be the year to give it a try.

277 Jon November 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Next on the holiday to do list

278 Henry November 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Whenever I hear “chestnuts,” I always think of boobs. Because they hang off the chest, and they hang like my nuts. I like to call them chesticles.

279 R Corey Taylor November 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I’d grown up in the Canadian Prairies having always heard of “roasting chestnuts on an open fire” but never experiencing it. It’s just not something that is part of the local culture, perhaps because chestnuts were such an exotic food in this part of North America – especially back n the day when most folks lived on a farm and were snowed-in at Xmas.

I experienced my first roasted chestnut a couple of years ago while on a business trip to Vancouver where, while visiting the ever popular Granville Island, I noticed a food cart outside in the sleet. The vendor was hovering over some sort of wok-like cooking area and steam was billowing skyward…”what the hell is that thing?” Needless to say I checked it out, discovered the awesomeness of roasted chestnuts and stood there filling my face from the brown paper bag holding my new found food substance. A typical “prairie-boy-meets-the-big-city” moment.

Cheers!

Corey

280 Daniel November 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is roasting chestnuts duriing the lighting of our towns Christmas tree and then caroling. Nothing warms your heart more than seeing a community gather in good Christmas cheer.

281 Joe November 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I love toasting pecans. I can’t wait to try chestnuts this year.

282 Terry November 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

A Happy Thanksgiving to all the AoM crew!

My grandfather had a chestnut tree and there is nothing better than fresh chestnuts roasted on the fire. Though the tree is gone now I still like those chestnuts.

Thanks AoM for the memories.

283 Pat November 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

We like to roast chest-nuts and then mix them with brussel sprouts as a side dish. Makes the brussel sprouts much more palatable.

284 Curt November 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

The only time I had roasted chestnuts was while stationed in Europe at the Weihnachten festival. I remember them being very tasty. A nice bonus is satisfying that curiosity carried from childhood. I will give them a try this year with the Family.

285 Will November 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I’ve never done this. Looks like fun

286 Dave November 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

The best Holiday tradition by far is watching my kids open their presents on Christmas morning!

287 Matt November 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I’ve never had roasted chestnuts before, but I enjoy old-time traditions and I’d love to introduce this one to my family. I’m always looking for ways to make our Christmases more nostalgic.

288 James G November 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

This is awesome & MANLY. I have been given. Chestnuts a couple times before but had no idea what to do with them. Can’t cook some of these little brown morsels for myself! & hopefully win a cooker in the process. Great Post!

289 Tod Bowmam November 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I love chestnuts! So much so that I dried one that I use as my lucky piece when the family plays Monopoly!

We roast them in an aluminum foil pouch, which you have to watch very closely or it will burn through if it’s too close to the heat, or isn’t flipped often enough. The aroma is fantastic, so to keep ourselves from diving straight into the fire to get at ‘em, we keep a bowl of walnuts and almonds with us to shell and eat while “watching the pot boil”.

290 Karl November 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The cornerstone of the holiday season is tradition. It’s the very fabric of who we are. Roasting chestnuts is yet another tradition that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Smiles find their way onto the faces of family and friends as the anticipation builds. Laughter and giggles ignite as the fire flickers and the nuts go pop. It engages more than just our senses. There is a bond over something so seemingly simple, yet so wonderful. It’s making memories that linger long after the fire has extinguished. It’s keeping that fire alive within us year after year. Happy Holidays to one and all!

291 Tony November 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I can never get chestnuts to roast right in the oven. The skin always sticks on.

292 james November 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I’ve never done this but would love to give it a try. those chestnuts look awesome! Pick me to win the roaster so I can try them out!

293 James R. November 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Happy to enter another great AoM contest. I’ve had problems with the oven as well, this product looks great!

294 Emma November 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I love having Thanksgiving with my brothers and sisters (there are six of us). We all get together with my parents in Boston. It’s something we can’t always do it, but we all try, and it’s great getting everyone together in one room. Now there are babies and my parents’ can see the grandchildren all at once.

295 Brett November 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I love this! It’s so cool to see AoM bringing back traditions like this. I wish I had chestnuts and a roaster last night when the fire was red hot! Thanks for the post.

296 Matthew R. Jones November 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had a chestnut before, though I’ve seen plenty of them in the woods. I like when old traditions come back into style, and would love to give roasting chestnuts a try.

297 Syed Zulqadar November 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is playing video games with my brothers! Nothing beats late night gaming/trash-talking/pole dancing/taco bell!

298 Thomas November 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

My favorite part of the holidays is how chaotic it is. Driving from one place to another to make a meal with one side of the family or the other.

299 Autumnal November 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I first had roasted chestnuts while I was wandering about the Christmas markets with my wife in Leeds. There were chestnut vendors pushing around charcoal ovens on wheels, selling bags of fresh-roasted chestnuts for a pound. I’ll never forget that day.

300 Ross November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Favorite holiday memory was roasting hot dogs and brats over our in-house wood fireplace on Christmas day. Was a great meal and it made it easy on my mom because it was also a super simple meal

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