Chestnuts Roasted on an Open Fire

Looking for a last-minute hand-made gift idea to round out your holiday gifting list? Blogger Alexis Murphy draws inspiration from a holiday classic with this festive winter nosh.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Christmas carols fill the air and finding that perfect gift is on everyone’s mind.
I love to combine the two for a festive present straight from Nat King Cole’s classic song.

Simple to put together and a fun, delicious activity—a gift doesn’t get better than that.

Chestnuts roasted on an open fire. A fun and festive DIY gift idea.

Packaged in a small box and topped with some jumbo matches for that open fire—sure to strike up a conversation…

Chestnuts roasted on an open fire DIY gift idea

Roasting chestnuts is easier than you might think. Start with rich, dark chestnuts,  available at most grocery stores in the produce section. (Usually from late October to December.)

Chestnuts roasted on an open fire DIY gift idea

Slice slightly around the middle…

Slicing chestnuts prior to roasting.

And roast over an open fire or in the oven. A cast iron skillet is perfect for this!

A cast iron skillet is ideal for chestnut roasting.

While still warm, carefully remove the shells…

Carefully split chestnut

Then chop to use in recipes or sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy right away.

Chestnut with sea salt.

Perfect with a gorgeous glass of La Crema Monterey Chardonnay.

Roasted chestnuts and Chardonnay

Show up with this gift and everyone will go nuts!

Hand-made gits idea: Chestnuts roasted on an open fire and La Crema Monterey Chardonnay.

Printable gift tag and roasting instructions can be found here.