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Nov 9, 2007 01:03 PM

Recipe suggestions wanted, please! Sunchokes, leeks, or chestnuts (not all in one recipe)...

Hi all,

Went to the farmers market and bought all of these items, and usually just pout sunchokes in a salad or into a large veggie soup. Same with leeks... Chesnuts I either just roast, or put in a salad. Any ideas for recipes for these, either together or separately?


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  1. Hey :)

    You might actually really like this recipe for Braised Chestnuts

    This recipe is a wonderful addition to the fall menu. This can be served as a side dish or as an elegant hors d'oeuvre with a glass of wine or a cocktail.

    2 lbs. Delmarvelous chestnuts - whole shelled
    1/2 C. onion, finely chopped (you can use any onion, Vidalia is a good choice)
    1 C. port wine
    thyme ( I use fresh or fresh dried--not ground)
    3 C. chicken stock
    2 Tbs. oil
    2 Tbs. butter
    salt and pepper to taste

    Heat a heavy saucepan, and add the oil, butter and chopped onions. When onions turn slightly brown, glaze with port wine. Add thyme, chestnuts, chicken stock and a little salt and pepper. Cover and cook until chestnuts are tender and the chestnuts have absorbed most of the liquid. This will take an hour or so. Serve as whole-braised chestnuts or pass through a ricer to make a wonderful chestnut puree.

    Yield: 6 servings

    1. I love chestnuts and may need to try the braised chestnut recipe below. A hot chef in my city just put chestnut tempura on his menu and it won rave reviews. I looked for a recipe and couldn't find one but assume you could just take roasted chestnuts and give them the tempura treatment. I love chestnuts AND love tempura so that may be something else I need to try. (Does anyone else have a recipe for that?)

      1. sunchokes are a great addition to a simple potato leek soup. Just simmer them all together in broth with a little garlic and puree, adding a little cream when you reheat. I just made this a few days ago...about a pound of sunchokes, 1.5 pounds of russets and 2 leeks.

        1. Here's my previous query on sunchokes:

          Let us know what you end up doing!

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          1. re: Carb Lover

            That link is great, thanks! Does anyone by chance have that Chestnut Soup recipe that uses Jerusalem artichokes? This is exactly the type of dish I was thinking of...

          2. I use chestnuts roasted and pureed in my Maple Butternut Squash and Roasted Chestnut Pie