Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Roasted chestnuts (Κάστανα)

Roasted chestnuts are a Greek favorite in the winter. Hania boasts one of the largest chestnut plantations in the area of Elos, so we have a plentiful supply of them.

elos valley hania chania
Elos valley - the bright green trees are the chestnut, while the silver green ones are olive.
These photos were taken as we were driving to Elafonisi last summer in July 2008.

chestnut tree elos hania chania
Chestnut tree in Elos

roasted chestnuts
Roasted chestnuts

roasted chestnuts
You can see the knife slit I made in this one

To roast chestnuts, you simply need to take whole chestnuts, make a slit in their skin to stop them from exploding in the heat (see how Nihal does a more aesthetic cut than mine) and place them on a baking tray (no oiling is required) in a hot oven. They need no more than 20 minutes to become tender. Once they are done, the skin cracks away easily, revealing the delicious soft nut.

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