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Chestnuts are most commonly associated with the festive season and roasting on an open fire, but there is so much more that can be done with this nut in a number of chestnut recipes.
With their sweet earthy flavour, chestnuts are a perfect complement to a wide variety of ingredients including everything from fruit and vegetables to chocolate or meat.
Chestnut season is brief but don’t panic, chestnuts needn't just be enjoyed fresh from their prickly casing. In fact they can found whole and peeled in cans or vacuum packed, dried, pureed or in powder. Just remember that fresh chestnuts must always be cooked prior to eating, as many of these recipes indicate below, the fresh chestnuts are roasted or boiled prior to further inclusion in the recipe.
We have a selection of chestnut recipes to highlight the breadth of recipes that chestnuts are suited to. From the chocolate and chestnut cake, a match made in heaven, to smoky flavoured chestnut flour on risotto, or whole chestnuts adding a robust earthiness to vegetable or roast meat dishes to chef inspired haute cuisine there's a chestnut recipe for every mood.
After pre-boiling the chestnuts they are placed around the roasting boar in this comforting autumnal dish.
Pumpkin, chestnuts, thyme and onions are fried up together in this tasty fall side dish.
Whole chestnuts mixed in with brussel sprouts for a classic Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish.
Chef Eneko Atxa, from Azurmendi restaurant in Spain devised this interesting recipe which will take some creative resourcing to find the ingredients including, volcanic salt, purple corn to create this imaginative and memorable dish.
This interesting recipe will teach you how to make chestnut powder, if you haven't already, which is liberally dusted onto the finished risotto.
For this classic combination recipe, the chestnuts are roasted whole before being cut up into chunky pieces forming the mainstay of this delicious cake.
For more inspiration this autumn check out our catalogue of fall recipes.