Best fall earthy food: chestnuts
I love chestnuts and every year I can't wait for the fall to be able to cook delicious dishes with them. When I lived in Italy I used to go chestnut picking in the woods which was great cause I would get the main ingredient for my recipes completely free. Where I live now we don't have any unfortunately so I have to buy them from the store.
They can be enjoyed simply roasted (preferably on a BBQ) and used in both savory or sweet recipes. Here's a selection of my favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy it!
Great Savory recipes
Chestnut and chickpea soup
This is one of my favorite recipes for the fall. It is not a smooth soup as the chickpeas are left whole and the chestnuts are quartered but still chunky. I've known people to add minestrone pasta to it.
Jar of cooked chickpeas (about 250 g)
250 g chestnuts
2 garlic cloves
handful of fresh parsley
1 tin of tomatoes
1 vegetable stock cube
pinch of black pepper
pinch of chilli
1 liter of water
Roast the chestnuts, peel and chop into quarters.
Chop garlic and parsley. Fry quickly with the olive oil, add the tomatoes, rosemary, chestnuts and chickpeas. Cook for 5 minutes then add the water, stock cube, pepper and chilli. Cook for about 30 minutes and serve!
Another recipe to warm you up during the fall
500 g risotto rice
400 g of chestnuts boiled with rosemary for about 5 hours
1 tablespoon of butter
1 onion finely chopped
250 ml cream
Peeled the boiled chestnuts and mash
Fry the onion in oil and butter
Add the rosemary, mash chestnuts, cream, salt and pepper
After 5 minutes add the rice and some stock. You will need to replenish the stock until the rice is fully cooked. Serve with freshly grated parmesan on top.
Mushrooms and chestnut pasta
350 g pasta (tagliatelle is best)
200 g chestnuts
40 g dry porcini mushrooms
200 ml cream
pinch of salt and pepper
Roast the chestnuts, peel and chop finely
Fry the chopped onion in the oil, add the chopped mushrooms, cook for 3 minutes. Add the chestnuts, cream and salt and pepper.
Cook for about 5 minutes and add to your cooked pasta!
This is probably my favorite chestnut recipe. Very simple to make, it's a lovely sweet better enjoyed warm.
300 g of chestnut flour
450 ml water
10 tbsp olive oil
100 g of raisin
60 g pine nuts
pinch of salt
Mix the flour, 1 tablespoon of oil, raisin, nuts and salt. Pour in an oven dish spray with the rest of the oil and cook at 200C for about 30 minutes.
Chestnut and chocolate cake
300 g chestnut flour
300 ml milk
30 g butter
30 g flour
100 g dark chocolate
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
Melt the chocolate and butter
Mix the two flours, bicarbonate and salt
Add the milk and then add the melted chocolate with butter
Pout the mixture in a ovenproof dish and cook at 170 degrees C for 20-25 minutes.
(oil to fry)
Mix the flour and water to obtain a semi-liquid consistency similar to pancakes.
One spoon at the time fry the mixture. Enjoy on its own or with syrup.
Very sweet glazed chestnuts