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Christmas tapas - Roasted Chestnuts and Brandy

This recipe for Roasted Chestnuts and Brandy has been reproduced courtesy of Orce Serrano Hams -

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A festive Spanish tapas dish with brandy and chestnuts, full of warm aromas and a great combination of flavours. Serve as a starter or tapas dish and bring some Spanish warmth to your evening.

Ingredients for Roasted Chestnuts and Brandy

250g chestnuts
200g serrano ham sliced thinly
Large glass Spanish brandy

How to make Roasted Chestnuts and Brandy

  • Prepare the chestnuts for roasting by cutting an 'x' in each chestnut with a sharp knife (this will allow the steam to escape so they don't explode!)
  • Roast in a high oven, 'x' side up for around 20 minutes ( the shells will have opened and they will be golden brown inside)
  • Remove from the tray and allow to cool down slightly before peeling - they only need to be cooled down enough to touch and should still be warm which makes them easier to peel.
  • Once peeled, serve in front of a roaring fire on a cold winters evening, dipping your chestnuts in the brandy for a few seconds before savouring with a slice of serrano ham.

Heavenly earthy tones, guaranteed to warm you from the inside out!

Roasted Chestnuts and Brandy

Orce Serrano Hams

Published with permission of Orce Serrano Hams