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Credit: Leo Gong; Styling: Randy Mon

Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins
Serves 10 (makes 20)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; calories from fat 30%; protein 5.9g; fat 7.5g; saturated fat 4.2g; carbohydrates 32g; fiber 1.9g; sodium 195mg; cholesterol 19mg.