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What's for snack time? Spicy Oven Roasted Chestnuts

Posted by Magic of Spice

Spicy Oven Roasted Chestnuts

Well these were not roasted on an open fire and Jack Frost is not exactly
nipping at my nose, but these delightful little beauties do put me in a holiday mood :)

And since I do love chestnuts, we will be featuring them in a few dishes for the 
holiday season as well as the "leftovers season". So roast up a few batches
and snack away...but save some for later, I promise you will need them!

What you will need:
1 pound fresh chestnuts in the shell
1/2 cup boiling hot water
1/8 cup olive oil, warmed
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh thyme
4-6 small sage leaves
2-3 red peppers, dried
pinch of sea salt

Let's get cooking:
Begin by placing dried peppers in boiling or very hot water for about 5-10 minutes.
Once softened, cut a slit lengthwise in peppers and place in warmed oil along
with fresh herbs and salt. Allow them to steep in warm oil for about 5 minutes.

In the meantime, score an "X" shape into each of your chestnuts on the rounded
side. Then place chestnuts into a bowl and toss with seasoned oil mixture.

Place chestnuts, herbs and pepper mixture on a sheet of foil with edges folded
up onto a baking sheet. Cover loosely with additional foil to create a bit of steam.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, remove
from oven and toss to re-coat chestnuts. Continue baking for 5-10
minutes, or until they begin to spread open.

Allow to cool to touch, peel and snack!

Alisha~Magic of Spice

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