Notes: To use fresh chestnuts, you'll need about 1 1/2 pounds. Cut an X through shell on flat side. Immerse in boiling water and simmer 10 minutes. Drain, and while nuts are warm and wet, use a small knife to pull off shell and dark membrane. Or buy peeled, cooked chestnuts canned (in water), frozen, or in shelf-stable packaging. The chestnuts roast in the turkey drippings.
3 cups cooked, peeled chestnuts (see notes)
Salt and pepper
How to Make It
Place chestnuts in pan around your Thanksgiving turkey during the last hour the turkey roasts. Bake in 325° to 350° oven about 1 hour, turning chestnuts occasionally in turkey juices. With a slotted spoon, transfer chestnuts to a serving dish. Season to taste with salt and pepper.