Uses for dried chestnuts?
I recently bought a bag of dried chestnuts at my local Asian market (it's really more like an Asian/European/Indonesian market. . .) and I am having a hard time finding recipes that call specifically for dried chestnuts. Or even regular chestnuts, for that matter. No sweets, please. Looking for savory dishes, and preferably veg. or easily adapted.
Dried chestnuts are great! You can dehydrate them by soaking in water overnight then use them in many different ways. I've tried them in a cornbread chestnut stuffing, they turned out delicious. Or you can steam them then cook them slowly in sugar syrup to make a desert of some sort. Or you can make a chestnut puree soup, sweet for dessert or salty for savory. Try looking up some recipes at www.epicurious.com It's a great website with recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appetite, searchable by ingredients.
Throw dried (or fresh) chestnuts into any slow-cooked dish that contains a lot of liquid. They will exchange flavor with the liquid, thicken the sauce a bit, and look just wonderful on the plate.