Frank Granieri – How to Roast Chestnuts

Frank Granieri
Chestnuts / Castagne
How to Roast Chestnuts


High gang, I’m Frank Granieri. As I write this it is late October and right in the middle of Chestnut season in southern Italy. I was inspired today in particular because I went with my friends Barbara and John to one of the local Castagne (Chestnut) festivals here just outside of Calitri. 


Chestnuts with the skin sliced

First of all you have to like chestnuts or you have no business going to one of these festivals. They have chestnuts done every which way. Chestnuts soaked in maple syrup. Chestnuts set in honey. Chestnuts made into a very light sauce that together with tartufo.


Chestnuts are sometimes served on the street in a cone


Chestnut meat mixed with ricotta cheese and made into an absolutely delish ravvioli. Chestnut gelato…. They said, you can have any flavor of gelato as long as its Chestnut. LOL


Peeled Chestnuts


They had sfogliatelle filled with part traditional filling and part Chestnut cream…. OMG


chestnuts roasted in a pan


Point is there are so many ways to enjoy Chestnuts but my favorite is the simplest. I roast them using the method described in my video below. Then once they are opened I let them sit covered with a cloth for a short time. After that, while they are cooling I peel and apple, slice it and sprinkle some salt over the apple meat. At the same time I take some red wine and chill it. The end result is that I have beautiful warm chestnuts with a perfect texture. A cold glass of red wine and a nice juicy and tender apple. That combination is perfect because one of the complaints about chestnuts is that they can tend to me a little dry or difficult to eat on their own. 


Roasted Chestnuts – YUM




Watch Frank’s video below on

How to Roast Chestnuts



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