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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

I've never eaten a chestnut in my life. Have you?

by Anonymousreply 60December 5, 2023 5:06 PM


by Anonymousreply 1December 2, 2023 11:38 PM

Yes, in London from a street vendor. Very good.

by Anonymousreply 2December 2, 2023 11:44 PM

I eat them all the time. Roasted chestnuts are sold on the street in many civilized cities. Sorry for you, OP.

by Anonymousreply 3December 2, 2023 11:46 PM

They’re rather bland unless they’re candied or spiced up

by Anonymousreply 4December 2, 2023 11:47 PM

Growing up my mother would roast them in the oven. They were ok.

Now marrons glaces from Fauchon which used to be on Park Avenue near where I worked was one of the most delicious things ever. I guess you could order them from Paris but I assume it would cost a fortune if you are in the states. If you are in Paris stop by the place. They are worth their cost. Whatever that cost now is.

by Anonymousreply 5December 2, 2023 11:48 PM

I often ate roasted chestnuts in Japan. They are called "kuri." 栗

by Anonymousreply 6December 2, 2023 11:49 PM

I thought chest nuts were tits

by Anonymousreply 7December 2, 2023 11:51 PM

I make this chestnut soup. It's heaven. (Skip the fried parsley. Life is short.)

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by Anonymousreply 8December 2, 2023 11:53 PM

Meh, take me to Arthur Treachers

by Anonymousreply 9December 2, 2023 11:54 PM

I know people who go crazy for them but it’s more of a nostalgia item, like cotton candy at a fair. I always thought they tasted kind of bland.

by Anonymousreply 10December 2, 2023 11:54 PM

You all sound fat.

by Anonymousreply 11December 2, 2023 11:56 PM

I had warm, roasted chestnuts in Japan, as well. Bought on the street. It's a winter-time thing.


by Anonymousreply 12December 2, 2023 11:56 PM

Broadway doesn't go for booze & dope. And I only go for one variety of nuts. Speaking of which: if you'll excuse me, I have a MAN waiting for me!

by Anonymousreply 13December 2, 2023 11:57 PM

In Italy chestnut vendors appear this time of year on the street. The chestnuts are naturally sweet, just a lovely flavour.

Chestnut crepes with ricotta cheese. Also sold by street vendors.

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by Anonymousreply 14December 2, 2023 11:58 PM

Bland? True, they don't taste like McRibs...

by Anonymousreply 15December 3, 2023 12:00 AM

They are sold on the streets of NYC during winter. They are roasted and delicious.

by Anonymousreply 16December 3, 2023 12:02 AM

Jeff's nuts roasting on an open fire...

by Anonymousreply 17December 3, 2023 12:03 AM

R3 Ah yes, the USA has become rather uncivilized. It's still my home, though.

by Anonymousreply 18December 3, 2023 12:04 AM

Better one than R17.....Fanatics would gather and sit on a cold steel marble foyer before a roaring fire to watch Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer because they wanted to watch chest nuts roasting on an open foyer

by Anonymousreply 19December 3, 2023 12:07 AM

Don’t treat me well, I’ll roast your nuts.

by Anonymousreply 20December 3, 2023 12:08 AM

I’ve eaten a nut off a chest, does that count?

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by Anonymousreply 21December 3, 2023 12:10 AM

R2 I've always wondered who ate those. I suspected they were something they got the homeless to do, like selling The Big Issue.

by Anonymousreply 22December 3, 2023 12:13 AM

R21 We WILL NOT be having a gay Yuletide! I said so.

by Anonymousreply 23December 3, 2023 12:16 AM

I remember them selling them around Rockefeller Center during the winter many years ago. I wondered if they still did. I guess so.

by Anonymousreply 24December 3, 2023 12:17 AM

We roasted them in the oven, too. They were part of our Italian Christmas Eve celebration.

by Anonymousreply 25December 3, 2023 12:26 AM

I don't think I've ever seen them in our grocery stores, but then y'all probably don't sacks of live crawfish or mirlitons in your groceries.

by Anonymousreply 26December 3, 2023 12:34 AM

The roasted chestnuts that started the tradition were from American chestnut trees which used to be plentiful. Supposedly they tasted much better and the Japanese chestnuts they sell today.

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by Anonymousreply 27December 3, 2023 12:53 AM

My local ShopRite sells these.

I bought them once. They were not very good.

Then reading the package carefully, I discovered they're imported from China.

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by Anonymousreply 28December 3, 2023 1:05 AM

Every Christmas due to my dad's British heritage, We still have them every holiday and I always think of him.

by Anonymousreply 29December 3, 2023 1:22 AM

I love roasted chestnuts. I’ve had dressing with chestnuts and wild rice. Delicious.

by Anonymousreply 30December 3, 2023 1:29 AM

There used to be chestnut vendors on the streets of Chicago during the winters until I left in '83. It's a lovely tradition.

My mother puts them in her turkey stuffing, and it's delicious.

by Anonymousreply 31December 3, 2023 1:30 AM

They look disgusting.

by Anonymousreply 32December 3, 2023 1:30 AM

I wouldn't know what they look like.

I remember my parents having a dish with a nutcracker and some kind of nuts. Have no idea what they were, though.

by Anonymousreply 33December 3, 2023 1:31 AM

Try the chestnut stuffing at Citarella

by Anonymousreply 34December 3, 2023 1:31 AM

I’ve had water chestnuts. Are they the same?

by Anonymousreply 35December 3, 2023 1:34 AM

If it aint Amurcan it's gross. Must be some faggoty Frog food.

by Anonymousreply 36December 3, 2023 1:45 AM

[quote] I remember my parents having a dish with a nutcracker and some kind of nuts. Have no idea what they were, though.

We had a wooden nut bowl with a metal nutcracker, R33. Chestnuts don’t need the nutcracker because you have to peel the shell to remove it, not crack it.

My parents would get chestnuts when I was growing up, but I hated them; though I love them now. Yes, their flavor is subtle, but I think quite wonderful. I’ve used them in a roasted butternut squash soup, and the chestnuts, especially the chopped ones that you add at the end before serving, add a nice flavor to the dish.

by Anonymousreply 37December 3, 2023 1:59 AM

omfg this is what my parents had!

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by Anonymousreply 38December 3, 2023 2:01 AM

Of course. They are a big thing in the streets of my city at this time of year.

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by Anonymousreply 39December 3, 2023 2:04 AM

That’s the one, R38!!! It had a nutcracker and the nut picks.

by Anonymousreply 40December 3, 2023 2:04 AM

My mother made Chestnut Dressing every Thanksgiving, very delicious. They really don't taste like anything else. Pain in the ass to peel and get all the skin off, the skin is very bitter.

by Anonymousreply 41December 3, 2023 2:17 AM

Chestnut Joke

Guy goes to the pet store and asks the manager if he has anything special In the way of birds. The manager tells him that in fact he does, it's a Bird named "Chet" who sings.

The manager tells him that Chet can sing, and that he'll show him. The manager then takes a cigarette lighter out of his pocket and lights it a few inches underneath Chet's right foot. Chet begins to sing "Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way" the manager then lights his lighter under Chet's left foot, and Chet begins to sing "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,

He brings the bird home and presents it to his wife as a Christmas gift. She is very happy and says the bird is beautiful. The husband tells her That the bird can sing, and he takes his lighter and lights it beneath Chet's right foot, and Chet begins to sing, "Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way".

The wife is thrilled and asks if he can do anything else. The husband then lights the lighter under Chet's left foot and Chet begins to sing, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know..."

The wife is overwhelmed and asks, "What would happen if you put the lighter under both of his feet at the same time?" The husband says that he doesn't know, but they could try it. So the husband puts the lighter under both of the birds feet and the bird begins to sing,

"Chet's nuts roasting on an open fire...."

by Anonymousreply 42December 3, 2023 2:24 AM

[quote] I’ve had water chestnuts. Are they the same?

No, very different. Chestnuts, IIRC, have a sweet potato flavor. Texture is totally different from water chestnuts.

by Anonymousreply 43December 3, 2023 2:33 AM

My kooky aunt roasted some in our oven one Christmas in their shell and they exploded and broke the oven’s thermometer. We couldn’t get parts for it and they didn’t make ovens that size anymore so for years we had no temperature control, the oven would just get hotter and hotter. It was a pink Caloric oven from the 60s. With the advent of Craigslist we eventually found one that fit.

by Anonymousreply 44December 3, 2023 2:37 AM

[quote] My kooky aunt roasted some in our oven one Christmas in their shell and they exploded

Yeah you have to put a slit in the shell before roasting.

by Anonymousreply 45December 3, 2023 2:42 AM

[quote] My kooky aunt roasted some in our oven one Christmas in their shell and they exploded

That’s because she didn’t score the shell before she put them in the oven. The cut is often in the shape of a cross.

by Anonymousreply 46December 3, 2023 2:43 AM

Prone to parasites. Someone gave me a sack of fresh chestnuts and before I could get to roasting them I began noticing an invasion of tiny little worms that had chawed their way through tiny little circles of plastic bag after drilling their way out of the chestnuts. I’ve no interest in the product since.

by Anonymousreply 47December 3, 2023 3:43 AM

Waste not, want not r47

by Anonymousreply 48December 3, 2023 3:53 AM

I have some in a dish on my counter. Haven’t decided what I want to do with them yet.

by Anonymousreply 49December 3, 2023 6:03 AM

They look pretty but i'm still unsure whether to take a bite.

by Anonymousreply 50December 3, 2023 6:11 AM

I get them in New York at a knish street vendor

by Anonymousreply 51December 3, 2023 6:13 AM

I had some recently out of a little bag such as was shown in r28 . I was not a fan. They were very bland, slightly slimy and not at all "nut-like". Hot and freshly roasted would probably be ok, but nothing I'd ever crave.

by Anonymousreply 52December 3, 2023 10:52 AM

Take a bite, OP. Stop being such a Mary, starting a thread and contemplating for 24 hours. Next thread will be: my chestnuts are rotting.

by Anonymousreply 53December 3, 2023 11:26 AM

I eat them all the time when they're in season, which is only a month or two, sadly. The roasted ones are delicious, but I never much cared for the cooked ones.

by Anonymousreply 54December 3, 2023 11:39 AM

At the present time the chestnuts imported from Italy are your best best, the Asian ones just don't measure up and unfortunately American chestnuts, which have superior flavor, are all but unavailable. Botanists and orchardists have been working for decades to restore the American chestnut to its former glory, and there have been breeding successes, but no large scale commercially viable stands of chestnuts exist.

If you have the option of picking out individual ones from a display, go for the plumpest ones that seem heavy for their size. When you get them home dump them in a bowl of water and discard the ones that float, invariably they will be moldy. Cut an X on the flat side of each one(to keep them from exploding), then roast them in one layer in a 350F oven for several minutes, occasionally shaking the pan to insure even cooking. It's the hot, dry heat that caramelizes the sugars, leading to a tastier product. Once the edges of the X have curled back, peel one and judge the doneness for yourself. They can also be simmered in water or water and milk prior to roasting.

Don't want to go to all this fuss? I can recommend the cooked chestnuts found in plastic/foil-y packages. Now you're all set to add them to poultry stuffings, make a Mont Blanc or candy them for your very own marrons glace'.

by Anonymousreply 55December 3, 2023 1:49 PM

A seasonal Spanish tapa is rounds of toasted goat cheese topped with a chestnut confitada. A bit of caramelized onion or walnut is often sprinkled on top. I've had it a few times already this year. Every bar and restaurant version is a bit different.

by Anonymousreply 56December 3, 2023 1:51 PM

I’ve you, R9

by Anonymousreply 57December 3, 2023 3:01 PM

Never had them raw. Only roasted and sugared.

by Anonymousreply 58December 5, 2023 2:51 PM

What do you call…

two nuts on a pea? Peanuts.

Two nuts on a wall? Walnuts.

Two nuts in Brazil? Brazil nuts.

Two nuts on your chest? A dick in your mouth 🤭😈

by Anonymousreply 59December 5, 2023 4:41 PM

Under a spreading chestnut tree...

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