Recipe Greek Style Glazed Chestnuts

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Chestnut trees can be found in abundance in Greece and they can be found in several traditional recipes. Versions of this sweet dish can be found all over the country. This glaze gets its rich flavor from Mavrodaphne, a sweet red wine that is popular in Greece. If you can’t find that wine where you live, substitute for any sweet red wine or even sweet port.

Recipe for Greek Style Glazed Chestnuts (Zaharota Kastana Glykisma) Ingredients:

  • 16 fresh chestnuts, cooked and peeled from its shell
  • 1/4 cup Greek honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet red wine, such as Mavrodaphne

Instructions on How to Prepare Glazed Chestnuts:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Arrange the peeled chestnuts in a single layer to the bottom of a casserole dish.

Drizzle the honey over the chestnuts and then sprinkle with the cinnamon. Pour the wine over the chestnuts, as well.

Place the casserole dish, uncovered, to the center of the oven. Bake until the chestnuts are glazed and caramelized. This should take about 1 1/2 hours. Every twenty minutes, open the oven and spoon the liquid over the chestnuts.

Remove from the oven after the chestnuts are done baking. Spoon the liquid over the chestnuts one last time if there is any left. Let them cool at least twenty minutes before serving.


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