Chestnut and Sharp Cheddar Crostini

Chestnut and Sharp Cheddar Crostini Recipe
Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Randy Mon


Serves 10 (makes 20)
Total time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 220
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Protein 5.9 g
Fat 7.5 g
Satfat 4.2 g
Carbohydrate 32 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Sodium 195 mg
Cholesterol 19 mg


24 chestnuts in the shell (3/4 to 1 lb.)
1/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons pickling spice
20 thin slices slender baguette, brushed with butter and toasted
5 ounces extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
20 watercress sprigs
Salt and pepper


1. Cut an X through shell on flat side of each chestnut with a small, sharp knife. Simmer chestnuts in water, covered, until tender and sweet (peel one to check), 18 to 20 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and leave in hot water. Take out a few at a time; let stand just until cool enough to touch. Pull off outer shell and inner brown skin with fingers or a knife.

3. Microwave honey with pickling spice until boiling; let cool.

4. Top baguette slices with cheese, watercress, and chestnuts (save extras for another use). Rewarm honey slightly; discard large, round allspice. Spoon honey with remaining spices over crostini. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with plenty of napkins.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 2 crostini.