Substitutions for Water Chestnuts
I am preparing for tonight's dinner, and noticed that my well-meaning, but not detail-oriented fiance purchased Chestnuts packed in water instead of water chestnuts. The supermarkets are crazy right now (everyone is bracing for the hurricane), so I need to find a substitute I have on hand. I have carrots,celery, chestnuts (ha!), mushrooms (which are already in the recipe- I could maybe add more). I have seen suggestions to use jicama but I do not have any. Any other ideas?
Since I'm guessing you're making an Asian meal, I'd personally sub in some celery, reducing the amount a bit to account for celery having a flavor vs. water chestnuts having virtually none. With Water chestnuts, you're pretty much just providing a crispy texture. Celery is closest to providing just that. Carrots would add too much sweetness, mushrooms definitely do NOT have the texture, & regular chestnuts will have neither texture nor non-existent flavor - again, too sweet.
Oh - & unless a large amount of water chestnuts is called for, you might simply want to just leave them out.