Roast in a Pan
To roast your own chestnuts, cut through the shell of the nuts in an "X" pattern; this will allow steam to escape and avoid exploding the nut.
Place the nuts on a searing hot pan. Roast until the shells begin to char, about 10 minutes. Set the nuts aside to cool. As soon as the nuts are cool enough to handle, peel the shell off and eat.
To boil your chestnuts, cut through the shell of the nuts in an "X" pattern; this will allow steam to escape. Place in a pan of water. Bring to boil, simmer for 5 minutes. Cool, peel, eat. Vary cooking time to suit. Or as an alternate method, cut the in-shell chestnut in half. Place in a pan of boiling water. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. With a bit of luck the chestnut will pop free of the shell. This is a good way to produce shelled chestnuts for use in cooking.
To roast chestnuts in the oven, cut through the shell of the nuts in an "X" pattern; this will allow steam to escape. Preheat oven to 375. Place chestnuts on a cookie sheet. The cookie sheet with chestnuts goes into the center of the oven. After about 15 minutes the cut part of the chestnut shell will be curled back. Remove from oven, cool enough to handle. Peel the shell off the chestnut.
Eat as is, or dip into well salted butter.
To microwave your chestnuts, cut throught the shell of the nuts in an "X" pattern. Cook nuts on High setting for 30 seconds. Cool, peel, eat. Vary cooking time to suit, overcooking will dry the nut and make it rubbery.
Eve from Caro Michigan shared this recipe. We cut the recipe in half and used it to stuff a chicken. Eve was right... this is good eating! Don't worry if the 2 cups of chestnuts is measured before cooking, in the shell, or after cooking out of the shell. Close is good enough.
1 package cornbread stuffing
2 c. cooked Chestnuts ( I like big pieces in the dressing)
1 stick butter (this may be reduced to 1/2 stick)
1 sweet onion
Chicken stock or water to moisten
1 T. poultry seasoning
Steam the whole chestnuts in a steamer (be sure to "X" them). They will
come out in big chunks.
Mix the cornbread stuffing mix in a large bowl with chopped and simmered onions that have been cooked until transparent in butter.
Stir in the poultry seasoning.
Add water or chicken stock to moisten the mixture. Add the
chestnuts. Stuff all into a large turkey.
You can add celery if you like.
The stuffing will be on the sweet side. But it is EXCELLENT.