Chestnuts are a great ingredient for Thanksgiving side dishes or the filling. But as tasty as they are, it can be a pain to peel them. Follow these simple steps, courtesy of Food & Wine, and you won't have peeling problems anymore!


1. With a small, sharp knife cut an "x" on the flat side of each chestnut.


2. Then, put the chestnuts in a bowl, add water until every chestnut is covered and let it soak for about an hour.


3. Drain the chestnuts and roast them in a cast-iron skillet in a pre-heated 400° oven for about 20 minutes, or until tender.


4. Peel them as soon as they are cool enough.