We have always roasted chestnuts in a fireplace but this year our little Raine is terrified of the fire. I'm not exactly sure why but I suppose fire is a good thing to be scared of when you are only two years old. I remember that Raven was scared to death of butterflies at the same age. This made for some interesting trips to the zoo let me tell you. I decided that another way to roast our chestnuts was in order so into the oven they went. They turned out just fine and the little one is left off the traumatized at Christmas list. After all, what is Christmas without roasted chestnuts? This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today!
3 pounds of chestnuts
A sharp knife
1-2 cups water
Cut a "x" on the rounded side of your chestnut. You must do this or they will explode. My MIL had this happen in her microwave a few years ago and my father also after trying to roast them without cutting the "x". Once all of the chestnuts are cut, place on a baking sheet with cut side up and add 1-2 cups of water to them. Place in a 400' oven for 20 minutes. Peel them using a tea towel and serve warm with a little sea salt.