Personally, I find chestnuts a real pain to cook and peel so I like to buy them ready to eat. Trader Joe’s sells some that are steamed, peeled, and vacuum-packed and other places carry them in jars. While I was catching up on my beauty sleep, Fitbomb got it into his head that he wanted to roast some up the old-fashioned way.
He took 2 cups of chestnuts, scored the flat side of each with an X,
and placed them in a tightly sealed foil pack with 1/4 cup of water.
He then placed the packet into our toaster oven which had been preheated to 375 F. The chestnuts took a good 45 minutes to get tender.
I asked Fitbomb how long it took to peel the chestnuts and he responded, “FOREVER!” They look really nice, though, don’t they? It’s a good thing my spouse has a mild, as-yet-undiagnosed case of OCD. My “peeled” chestnuts are completely covered with tough fiber-y bits. His roasted (and clean) chestnuts were definitely tastier than the store-bought pre-cooked ones but I just don’t have the fricking patience to prepare them. It’s nice to have an anal hubby who will do it for me!