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CestMoi Oct 8, 2006 03:21 PM

My brother in law, the mad organic farmer, dropped off a giant veg box yesterday; a wealth of eggplant and peppers and onions and carrots and squash (4 different kinds!). Also a huge bag of chestnuts. Aside from cueing up the Nat King Cole, I have no idea what to do with chestnuts. Any ideas?

  1. carswell Oct 11, 2006 03:15 AM

    One of the easiest preps is also one of the most delicious: braised with bay leaves in red wine. See www.chowhound.com/topics/show/96924 for Marcella Hazan's recipe and some other ideas.

    Also, see www.chowhound.com/topics/show/305240#... (pheasant or guinea fowl braised with chestnuts).

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      piccola Oct 11, 2006 03:01 AM

      The ultimate carb meals: chestnut ravioli or chestnut risotto.

      1. Becca Porter Oct 11, 2006 12:16 AM

        I am SO jealous. I have been eagerly awaiting chestnuts and cranberries. I love brussel sprouts and chestnuts (CI recipe).

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          ultrvioltx Dec 4, 2006 04:48 PM

          Any chance you can post the CI brussel sprouts & chestnuts recipe? Would love to try it.

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          slacker Oct 10, 2006 11:45 PM

          Sweet potatoes with chestnuts and cream. Roast potatoes and chestnuts. Puree chestnuts with cream. Puree potatoes a little, add the chestnut/cream mixture, puree till smooth, salt, pepper. Put into buttered baking dish, top with a few leaves of sage, and bake until heated through. This is a very light and delicious sweet potatoes dish, great for the holidays.

          1. anna Oct 10, 2006 11:40 PM

            For a savory dish, we usually make chestnut chicken. It's a chicken stew with chestnuts in it. We make it really simple at home with just boned-in chicken pieces and chestnut in a brown sauce (chicken stock, soy sauce and water).

            1. HillJ Oct 10, 2006 07:51 PM

              yummy! chestnut meat makes a delish filling inside butter cookies.

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                pitterpatter Oct 10, 2006 03:30 PM

                Chestnut and porcini sauce:

                Saute chopped shallots in oil and butter, stir in reconstituted porcinis with the soaking liquid, roasted and peeled chopped chestnuts, white wine, heavy cream, fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Reduce until thick enough to coat pasta. I don't really have any measurements, but probably use an ounce of porcinis for four servings.

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                  howboy Oct 10, 2006 03:45 PM

                  Ay carumba! I'm gonna have to make this

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                  grubn Oct 9, 2006 03:27 AM

                  Brussels sprouts with maple butter and roasted chestnuts.
                  Chestnut soup.
                  Make a paste out of the chestnuts for chestnut buns or bread.

                  I'm so insanely jealous.

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                    gtrekker2003 Oct 8, 2006 09:00 PM

                    Chesnut Ice Creme. I've seen a recipe for this somewhere. Maybe in the William and Sonoma book. It's on my list of ice cremes to try. :)

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                      Nyleve Oct 8, 2006 05:38 PM

                      Oh, you lucky duck. Cut a small slit in each chestnut and roast in the oven at 425o until soft. Peel and eat in front of TV, or serve as an appetizer with drinks - excellent with a glass of sherry.

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