There’s nothing like hot, sweet chestnuts to give you that Christmas feeling. This recipe is a quick and easy version that can be done in about 8 minutes. It uses ready-to-eat whole chestnuts, which you can get from Tesco, and most other supermarkets. The chilli powder adds a slight warmth without being overpowering, and you can have them with your Christmas meal or even as a snack throughout the festive season. A word of warning: they are incredibly moreish. After I made these I could not stop eating them.
Prep time: 1-2 minutes. Cooking time: 6-8 minutes.
360g (2 packs) whole ready-to-eat chestnuts
2 tbsp sesame oil
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp mild chilli powder
2 tbsp unrefined sugar
3 tbsp maple syrup
¼ fresh red chilli, thinly sliced, to garnish
Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan or wok. Pour in the chestnuts and fry on a medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are browned and a little crisp. Add the spices and cook for another minute, then add the sugar and maple syrup and cook for another two minutes or so, until the sauce is thick and sticky. Garnish with the chilli slices and serve immediately.