Best known for their cameo in the classic Christmas song, chestnuts are delicious when roasted over an open fire. But they can also be turned into flour, candied, deep-fried or pureed. Chestnuts are quite starchy when cooked, with a slightly sweet flavor—perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. Here, all of our best recipes featuring chestnuts.
5 Ways to Eat Chestnuts in Rome
The season for local chestnuts begins in the fall.
Orecchiette Bolognese with Chestnuts
Chef Way: Daniel Boulud tops house-made orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta) with a bolognese sauce prepared with venison, pork butt, chicken liver and veal stock. He finishes the dish with fresh porcini mushrooms, chestnuts and butternut squash.Easy Way: Store-bought dried orecchiette gets tossed with a bolognese sauce made with just ham and ground chuck. Finishing the dish with chestnuts (leaving out the porcini and squash) adds a delicious and unexpected touch. More Recipes From Daniel Boulud