Food Advent Calendar – No.12: Chestnuts


Our next ingredient for our food advent calendar is the earthy chestnut. This is an all time Christmas ingredient on the European continent especially in Italy. Going to Rome in December the city is dotted with chestnut roasters on every corner.

In Malta chestnuts are popular with our own traditional Christmas drink ‘Imbuljuta’. It a Maltese version of a hot chocolate but zested with orange and spiced up with not only cinnamon but even cloves. Chestnuts are boiled within the hot chocolate to meat up the recipe.

A Maltese Christmas Favourite
Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

An after-dinner Christmas treat
Roasted chestnuts in cinnamon butter

Something for vegans
Vegan mushroom, chestnut & cranberry tart

Further Reading
How to Cook Chestnuts: Tips to Roast, Boil, and Grill