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Boiled or baked chestnuts: How to prepare them

For soft chestnuts, Compact and easy to peel

by Ada Parisi
5 min read
Castagne lesse: come prepararle

Boiled or baked chestnuts: Here's how to best prepare them to obtain soft and fragrant chestnuts. Is, especially, Easy to peel, as you see in VIDEO RECIPE on my YouTube channel. Remove the second skin of the chestnuts, the inner one, In fact, it can become a very tedious operation if the skin does not come off easily. Since I'm good, I also leave you Instructions for cooking chestnuts in the microwave. And you know the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHESTNUTS AND CHESTNUTS and how to best use these fruits in the kitchen?

The secret to excellent boiled or baked chestnuts is always the same: Rehydrate the fruit before cooking it. After rehydrating, You will also need to score the chestnuts: In this way, the cooking time will be reduced and the chestnuts will remain soft but compact.

In both cases, I'll add a little’ of salt: in water in boiled water or directly in the pan in baked water. How flavorings, Bay leaf and rosemary are my favorite smells. I find that they harmonize perfectly with chestnuts. Obviously, The boiled chestnuts will be softer and you can also use them to prepare delicious sweet and savory recipes such as PORK TENDERLOIN IN BEER WITH PROSCIUTTO AND CHESTNUTS, l’ROAST PORK WITH MUSHROOMS AND CHESTNUT– Or the sweet one CABBAGE AND CHESTNUT SOUP or the RISOTTO WITH PUMPKIN, TRUFFLE AND CHESTNUTS.

Baked chestnuts, as well as the classic roasted chestnuts prepared on the fire or in a pan, On the other hand, they are perfect for a snack or as a snack. They have a slightly smoky taste that goes great with a glass of red wine, seeing is believing! And now I leave you to the recipe, and have a good day!

Castagne lesse: come prepararle


Portions: 6 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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1 kilogram of chestnuts



bay leaf and/or rosemary


Boiled chestnuts: How to prepare them


To prepare boiled chestnuts to perfection you need to wash them well, then soak them in a large bowl immersed in plenty of cold water for 30-60 minutes. After this time, You have to cut the chestnuts with a small knife. The incision should be small and shallow.

Put the chestnuts in a pot covered with cold water and add a bay leaf and a little salt (Optional). From when the water is boiling, about 30 minutes should pass if it is medium-small chestnuts and about 40 minutes for large chestnuts. Remember that you will have to peel the chestnuts while they are still warm if you want to remove both the outer skin and the inner skin easily.

Baked chestnuts


The preparation of baked chestnuts is very similar to that of boiled chestnuts. First of all, you have to wash the chestnuts well, Then put them in a large bowl covered with cold water for at least an hour. Then cut them with a small knife and leave them for another 30 minutes to soak in cold water.

Meanwhile, Preheat the oven to 180 degrees static. Dry the chestnuts well and place them in the baking tray. To taste, Sprinkle with coarse salt and season with herbs such as bay leaf or rosemary. Cook for 40 minutes. Even in this case, To peel chestnuts with ease you will have to do it while they are hot, as is done with the classic roasted chestnuts.


As you know I don't use the microwave. I don't even have it. But my brother did, so I took advantage of it to experiment a bit. I confirm that in my opinion it is not the best method to cook chestnuts, but it's definitely the fastest. Wash the chestnuts, engrave them (only the peel, Not the fruit) and place them in a bowl to soak in cold water for 15-20 minutes.

Set the microwave to 750 W and place the chestnuts in a microwave-safe dish with the engraved side facing up. Turn on the microwave and cook for 5-7 minutes depending on the size of the chestnuts. Once cooking is complete, Cover the dish with plastic wrap and let it rest for 5 minutes. The condensation that will be created inside the dish will moisten the chestnuts and peeling them will be even easier.

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