Bought Trader Joe's packaged steamed chestnuts-- now what?
- wearybashful Feb 25, 2009 11:12 PM
I made another impulse buy at Trader Joe's. A box labeled as 8 ounces of steamed chestnuts. I have no idea what to do with it.
I've used them in salads, or you could use them in a stuffing. Could also be used in a risotto with mushrooms.
I had a wonderful celeriac and chestnut soup at Salts in Cambridge MA that I tried to recreate at home with some success.
Basically saute a chopped onion in 4 TBSP of butter. After 5 minutes add peeled and cubed (about half inch cubes) celeriac and one peeled and cubed medium size carrot. Saute for another 5 to 8 minutes. Chop up the chestnuts a little. Add them to the pot. Add 4 to 6 cups chicken broth. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer for 25 minutes or until celeriac is tender. Then either use an immersion blender to puree or let it cool and puree in a blender (I prefer the later because its a smoother result). Bring it back to a simmer, add a splash of sherry and voila. Salt and white pepper to taste.
I have also seen interesting recipes for chocolate chestnut cakes but I haven't tried any so I can vouch for that.
I love this lentil and chestnut soup. Unlike a lot of soups with chestnuts, this one isn't pureed. You just get an occasional good bite of chestnut with the other stuff. I has panceltta (I use really good bacon) and a bit of basil too. Really good. I make it and put bowlfuls in the freezer for lunches. I don't waste my chestnuts on my SO because for unfathomable reasons he doesn't like them. (More for me!)