Sure, the iconic image of these nuts roasting on an open fire is magical, but we would have preferred it if the next line in the classic Christmas ballad involved a chocolate chestnut torte baking instead of Jack Frost nipping. In fact, we adore almost anything, sweet or savory, in which rich-tasting, low-in-fat chestnuts appear. Here are some of our favorites.
Look for chestnuts with firm, uncracked shells that are heavy for their size.
Store chestnuts in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for two weeks or in the freezer for several months.
Substitute to Save Time
Shelling freshly roasted chestnuts is time-consuming. Fortunately, chestnuts in a can or jar make an acceptable substitute in most recipes.
Check for Sweetness
If a recipe calls for chestnut purée, you can either make it yourself or purchase it from a gourmet grocer. If you opt for the latter, note that some are sweetened and some are not, soRead More »from 16 savory chestnut recipes