But no matter how many times I’ve sung along to “The Christmas Song,” I’ve never actually tried to roast chestnuts “over an open fire.” I blame my parents for this—since we have a gas fireplace that would break in the off chance that chestnut (or marshmallow) drippings landed in its ceramic hearth. But since chestnuts don’t exactly have the allure of S’mores, I never felt too bent out of shape about it.
But it turns out you can do a lot more with chestnuts than “The Christmas Song” would have you believe. You can incorporate them into tarts, pastas, stuffings and many more decadent, holiday treats.
Nutritionally, they pack a powerful punch, offering 3 grams of fiber per 100-gram serving (more than walnuts, pecans or pistachios), and a high dose of potassium, amino acids and antioxidants. They’re also lower in kidney stone forming oxalate compounds than most other nuts.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start incorporating this illustrious nut into your holiday menu. Here are five recipes to help you (finally) understand what all the fuss about.
For a holiday dish that’s sure to stun your guests with its rich, flavorful taste, whip up this tart topped with redcurrant gravy. Whether you bring this dish to Christmas dinner, or your neighborhood potluck, it’s sure to outshine the meat-heavy counterparts.
If you’re struggling to find a veg-friendly option for the herbivore at your Christmas table, blow them away with this gorgeous, plant-based wellington. Bonus points if you can recreate those artful leaves on top.
Pair this side-dish with your Christmas ham for a colorful holiday plate. You’re going to want to go back for seconds.
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