To me, nothing says "Fall and Winter", like the smell of roasting chestnuts.
It's something I had grown accustomed to while living in Portugal, I mean you really couldn't go far without having someone roasting these beauties and serving them in newspapers funnels.
Walking down the streets of Lisbon, you are sure to encounter one of these, and the aroma in the air....oh pure bliss.
I plan on roasting some Chestnuts this year, my kids and husband have never had them, and I know they're in for a treat.
So here's a quick and easy recipe:
1 pound or more of chestnuts
First you wash the chestnuts and then make a small horizontal slit in each one.
Cover a baking pan with the kosher salt, then place the chestnuts in a single layer, on top of the salt.
Sprinkle with more kosher salt and then bake at 350º for about 35 to 45 minutes, depending on their size.
Once they're done, remove them from the baking pan, place them in a thick kitchen towel....sprinkle with a few drops of water, and close the towel...almost like giving them a quick steam.