Easier than an “open fire”, use your oven to bring Chestnut goodness inside your home. Preheat oven to 425*F. Using a sharp paring knife, cut an “X” into the flat side of each chestnut to allow steam to escape. This prevents them from exploding.
Place chestnuts in a single layer on a baking pan with the cut sides up.
Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, or until chestnuts are tender and easy to peel.
Let cool then peel off the shells and skin.
Cook, Eat, Laugh…Claudia