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Exploding Chestnuts

HLing | Oct 22, 2001 12:08 PM

This year's chestnuts are huge! Got some in NYC's Chinatown the other day to roast in the oven. I made sure I slit each chestnut so it doesn't explode.

The first part of the cooking was done under a heavy lid in a cast iron, then I opened it to let it carmelize a little. 2 minutes after I closed the oven, there was a huge explosion sound! The one that blew up had broken in two, and all the contends of the shell have become crumbs everywhere. To think I was there stirring them just before....

Does anyone know if there's a correct place/method to slice them in preparation for roasting?

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