In my almost 20 years of teaching, the past 10 have seen the banning of nuts from schools. (When I see notices about the place being a Nut-free environment, the sarcastic side of me quips, you want a class of 30 boys to have no nuts? Good luck with that!)
All kidding aside, nuts are a real issue for allergic people. (My own son was born with many allergies to food, although we are fortunate that none of them caused anaphylaxis.) So noshing on peanut or almond butter treats during recess is a no-no. But there is one nut that was not banned. And lucky for me!
Chestnuts are my all time favorite nut treat. I remember my father scoring the hard nuts with an blade to make an “x” in the skin and then roasting them in the oven. The smell of roasting chestnuts and “chestnuts roasting over an open fire” wasn’t a song he recalled, especially being originally from Israel. But it was a ritual that our family held dear.
Chestnuts have about double the amount of carbs as a potato, so don’t overdo them, but do note that they are the only nuts to contain vitamin C – 65% of the daily value, not too shabby! I love them plain, but I really love them in my recipes. Salads are a great place to start. The best invention that came out is the foil lined packages of prepared chestnuts. They make cooking with them fabulous.
Nothing is as great as a gift. The gift of a recipe is priceless. This easy and delicious chicken chestnut recipe hails from my good friend, Zahava F. It will be a great addition to your winter Friday night meals and if there are any leftovers (which I doubt) you will have an easy time reheating this. I included roasting directions if you want to be really authentic, but to get the chestnuts, I would take the easy way out and buy the prepared bags. Just be sure to get the shelled ones as the ones that come with the shell will give you an extra step if you are in a rush. This recipe also employs another favorite tool of mine, the ubiquitous oven bag.
Thanks, Zahava! Now I know what to serve when you come over!
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