Strong flavors evoke strong memories. When I eat Chestnuts it reminds me of when I was a kid picking up the urchin-like, prickly husks from underneath my Grandpa’s Chestnut tree behind their big barn. I’d separate the dark brown smooth-shell nuts from their lawn-mower-destroying outer layer. I think Grandpa paid me a few Quarters per bucket (that or with an ice cream cone). Then my mind drifts to sitting at the “kids table” on Thanksgiving Day for a wonderful family feast and eating a few bites of my Grandma’s Chestnut Bread Filling. Good memories.
Create some memories this holiday season by serving dishes or dessert that feature Chestnuts. Their rich, earthy and mildly sweet taste combined with their waxy texture is a truly seasonal eating experience. Add Roasted Chestnuts to your Turkey Stuffing, Bread Filling, Green Bean dishes, Brussels Sprouts, an old world dessert or serve them on their own.