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Roasting chestnuts is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! (Open fire optional.) Spiced vanilla browned butter is just the cherry on top.

Spiced Butter Roasted Chestnuts

Mountain Cravings
Roasting chestnuts is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! (Open fire optional.) Spiced vanilla browned butter is just the cherry on top.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 247 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. fresh chestnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. cardamom
  • 1/4 t. salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425° with a rimmed baking sheet on the middle rack. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat.
  • While water is heating, score the chestnuts. Carefully cut an X on the flat side with a paring knife, cutting just through the shell but not into the meat inside.
  • Blanch the scored chestnuts in boiling water for 60 seconds, then drain. Arrange chestnuts cut-side-up on the preheated baking sheet.
  • Roast at 425° for 25-30 minutes, until shells begin to curl back.
  • While chestnuts are roasting, brown butter in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla, spices, and salt.
  • When chestnuts are done, cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let cool until you can handle them. Peel the shells & skins of the chestnuts while they're still warm for easier removal.
  • Toss the shelled chestnuts in the spiced butter and serve warm.