To roast chestnuts in a fireplace, score each chestnut with an "X" and place them in a long-handled roaster or cast iron skillet. Roast the chestnuts over the fire or on hot embers for half an hour, shaking every few minutes.
Chestnuts roasted over an open fire offer plenty of nostalgic holiday charm. To roast chestnuts in the fireplace, use the following steps.
- Prepare the chestnuts
- Add the nuts to the pan
- Roast the chestnuts
Rinse the chestnuts thoroughly. Use a sharp knife to score the skin of each nut on the flat side with an "X" pattern. Be sure to cut through just the skin. Scoring prevents the chestnuts from exploding, as it allows moisture to escape the nuts as they roast.
To roast the chestnuts over an open fire, add them to a long-handled roaster. To roast them over hot embers, add a single layer of nuts to a cast-iron skillet.
Place the roaster over the fire or the cast iron pan on top of some hot embers in the fireplace. Let the chestnuts roast for 25 minutes to half an hour. Be sure to shake the pan every few minutes to keep the nuts from burning.
Let the nuts cool before serving. Peel away the skins to eat the chestnuts.