Easy Recipe: Portuguese roasted chestnuts for St. Martin’s Day

I really wanted to share this recipe with you, as it is a tradition I grew up with while in Portugal. What is it?

Portuguese roasted chestnuts for St. Martin’s Day!

In Portugal St. Martin’s day is celebrated on the 11th of November and in this day everyone traditionally eats roasted chestnuts. You can also buy them out on the streets, but I am showing you today how to make them at home!

Portuguese roasted chestnuts

Ingredients for Portuguese roasted chestnuts

  • Chestnuts – kinda obvious, right?
  • Salt

Yup, that’s all you need to make these yummy roasted chestnuts at home! Oh, and an oven, but that is not technically an ingredient. 

Portuguese roasted chestnuts

Portuguese roasted chestnuts

Portuguese roasted chestnuts

Steps to make Portuguese roasted chestnuts

  1. Set your oven to 180º and put some salt on a tray. Do NOT spare on this, the more salt, the better!
  2. Take a bowl and put in some water and salt. Set aside so the salt can melt into the water
  3. Make a cut in the chestnuts – this will help them open easily
  4. Take the chestnuts and set them into the water for a few minutes. 
  5. Now it is time to put the chestnuts on the tray and take them to roast in the oven for about 20 minutes. Important: every few minutes stir the chestnuts. 
  6. Once the time is up, take one chestnut and see if it is done. If it’s through, take them all, set them in a cloth on a bowl and cover them up for 5 to 10 minutes. 

Portuguese roasted chestnuts

Portuguese roasted chestnuts

Portuguese roasted chestnuts

Eh voilá – you just made Portuguese roasted chestnuts at home! 

It’s tradition to eat these on the 11th of November, usually with some muscatel liquor! Do you also love chestnuts? Would you ever think of making them at home?

 

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