Roasted Chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts are an Autumn classic…
Portuguese modern cooking is constantly taking cues from the past and keeping up to its traditional homestyle cooking. Traditionally roasted in brick hearths, chestnuts are equally tasteful if you roast them in your modern oven…

The Portuguese start to make this after-dinner comfort food around mid-autumn, when days become ever so smaller and chilly nights settle in…roasted chestnuts, castanhas assadas, are a family treat.
On Saint Martin’s Day, family and friends gather around a hearth, a fireplace or bonfire, where they roast chestnuts and drink água-pé (a watered sweetened wine), jeropiga or a glass of port.

This traditional treat is quite easy to make: Heat your oven to 200ºC. Using a sharp knife, cut across the skin of each chestnut. Display the chestnuts in a roasting tin, sprinkle with coarse salt, and bake for about thirty minutes, until the skin opens and the inside is tender.
Serve in paper bags, if you like. To eat, peel away the tough outer skin and have a bite …of Autumn.