How to Cook with Chestnuts

Last Updated November 28, 2017
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Wondering what to do with chestnuts? Here are two great ways to roast them, plus recipes for desserts, soups, and more.

Roasted Chestnuts in Red Wine

When researching chestnuts I found out that in 1905, during the Great Depression, a foreign fungus wiped out the American chestnut trees. Breeders have been trying to bring the species back ever since...

Roasted Chestnuts

Warm up a cold Autumn or Winter night with the sweet scent of this holiday classic.

Bucatini with Chestnuts, Radicchio, Savoy Cabbage and Bacon

Bucatini with Chestnuts, Radicchio, Savoy Cabbage and Bacon
A hearty seasonal recipe adapted from the Croft Chestnuts website.

Pork and Chestnut Sausage

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This loose sausage is just as delicious for breakfast as it is for lunch or dinner. Try it served alongside buckwheat pancakes, or go more savory and serve atop a plate of quinoa, beets, and greens....

Chestnut Purée (Crème de Marrons)

Our editor, Maya Parson, enjoyed this wonderful treat during her travels this summer in France. This is a traditional regional food that celebrates the nutty sweetness of the chestnut. Enjoy our...

Chestnut Soup

This warming soup is popular in the chestnut-growing regions of France. Enjoy it freshly made on a cool winter evening, or freeze it for a quick dinner during the week.

Roasted Carrot and Chestnut Soup with Ginger and Cilantro Cream

Roasted Carrot and Chestnut Soup
Like almost every soup, it tastes even better if made the day before and reheated.

Chestnut Mont Blanc

chestnut mont blanc
Whimsical, wobbly and grand, Mont Blanc is a traditional French holiday dessert that widens eyes and elicits “Que c’est beau!”s from around the table. Do as the French do and buy Clement...

Chestnut Flour Cake (Castagnaccio)

chestnut flour cake
Castagnaccio is often called a ‘cake’ in English translations but it’s really somewhere between a slice and a dense, thick crêpe.

Chestnut Ricotta Cheesecake

Chestnut Ricotta Cheesecake
I am obsessed with chestnuts—I write about them in the Fall 2010 issue of Edible Cape Cod. Edible chestnuts do grow on Cape Cod, and if you can find them fresh, roast, peel and use them in the...
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