Chestnuts: A Love/Hate Relationship!

I love chestnuts.  Their soft creamy texture and beautiful nutty taste are just wonderful with a glass of wine or champagne.  I have been eating roasted chestnuts since I was a kid.  But I hate to peel them!  The outside isn’t too bad, but that papery inner covering is an absolute pain to get off.  It helps a lot if you peel them hot (yes, use a hot pad in one hand).  But I wanted a bunch for a big batch of stuffing.  So, for the first time, I boiled them for twenty minutes and peeled them with a pairing knife.  Much easier method for peeling and the flavor is great.  If you want a little roast flavor, stick them in a 500 degree oven for a quick minute or two.