You have sung along to the song, but have you actually tried chestnuts? Try adding them to your holiday festivities this year! Compared to tree nuts, chestnuts are more of a complex carb than a healthy fat. They are sweet and tender when roasted, making them a low-in-sugar sweet treat!
How to cook them.
You can use a variety of cooking methods to cook chestnuts. Here’s how to roast them:
- Using a serrated knife, cut an “x” on the flat side of the chestnut, cutting through the shell all the way down to the nut.
- Roast at 425° for about 20 minutes, or until the skin around the incision peels back.
- Remove them from the oven and place a kitchen towel over the pan so they can steam for about 15 minutes. Then peel the skin off and eat them plain, or include them in a dish below!
What to use them in.
Because chestnuts have a milder flavor, they are praised for their versatility in both sweet and savory dishes.
- Soups and stews
- Roasted veggie or stuffing side dish
- Pastry bites, chocolate tortes, mont blanc (chestnut puree on top of a meringue, topped with whipped cream)
- Pureed for sauces or a chocolate truffle filling