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Chestnut Recipes That Don't Involve Roasting On An Open Fire

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire... We get it. But there are so many more ways to eat these nuts.
12/19/2012 09:22am ET | Updated December 22, 2014

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire might sound romantic, but there are so many tasty ways to enjoy these nuts, you'd be missing out if you stopped at the open flame. Chestnuts' sweet, earthy flavor complements pretty much everything you want to eat, from chocolate to fruit. And their mild meatiness also makes them an excellent garnish for bacon and vegetables, like Brussels sprouts or spinach. (See? Everything you want to eat.) Chestnuts are also stars in stuffing, which should definitely be on your table well after Thanksgiving, guys.

Whether you lean sweet or savory, chestnuts' complex flavor will add a heft and richness to whatever you're making. And isn't rich flavor what holiday cooking is all about? Chestnuts will transform lackluster or simply overdone recipes into festive wintertime feasts. Adding chestnuts to your recipes is kind of like give yourself a big bear hug, which is exactly what you want when you feel like hibernating. Check out these 18 chestnut recipes, for Christmas and all winter long.

1
Creamy Chestnut Soup
Will Cook For Friends
Get the Creamy Chestnut Soup recipe from Will Cook For Friends
2
Sautéed Chestnuts, Onions, And Bacon
Simply Recipes
3
Chocolate Chestnut Torte
Christopher Hirsheimer
Get the Chocolate Chestnut Torte recipe from Canal House Cooking Volume No. 7: La Dolce Vita
4
Pumpkin-Chestnut Soup
Martha Stewart
Get the Pumpkin-Chestnut Soup recipe from Martha Stewart
5
Chestnut Ravioli
Macheesmo
Get the Chestnut Ravioli recipe from Macheesmo
6
Healthy Chestnut Hazelnut Cheesecake
The Healthy Foodie
Get the Healthy Chestnut Hazelnut Cheesecake recipe from The Healthy Foodie
7
Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing With Chestnuts, Leeks, And Chanterelles
The Bojon Gourmet
8
Roasted Chestnuts
Glynn Smith
Get the Holey-Pan-Roasted Chestnuts recipe from The Extraordinary Cookbook: How to Make Meals Your Friends Will Never Forget
9
Italian Chestnut Crepes With Nutella Cream
Boulder Locavore
10
Chestnut Pancakes With Cranberry Compote
Including Cake
11
Chocolate Chestnut Cake
Jonathan Gregson
Get the Chocolate Chestnut Cake With Confit Cranberries recipe from The Perfect Ingredient: 5 Fantastic Ways to Cook Apples, Beets, Pork, Scallops, and More
12
Brussels Sprouts With Bacon And Chestnuts
Simply Recipes
13
Chocolate Chestnut Mousse Cake
Deliciously Organic
Get the Chocolate Chestnut Mousse Cake recipe from Deliciously Organic
14
Brioche Stuffing
Damon Dahlen
15
Chestnut Cupcakes
Tartelette
Get the Chestnut Cupcakes recipe from Tartelette
16
Candied Chestnut Cake
Will Cook For Smiles
Get the Candied Chestnut Cake recipe from Will Cook For Smiles
17
Chocolate Pavlova With Chestnut Creme, Raspberries And Clementines
Fork Spoon Knife

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