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My Nuit of the Chestnut

I usually shell chestnuts the night before Thanksgiving. A couple of nights before Thanksgiving, if I’m smart.

Chestnut purée was a standard side dish at my mother’s Thanksgiving dinner, and in honor of her, I try to include it at ours. The challenge comes in dealing with the chestnuts, which are a pain to cook, shell, and peel. Spend an evening with chestnuts, and you’ve got wrinkled, cracked finger tips the whole next day. But that’s okay; they’re worth it.

You can buy chestnuts in a jar if you’re in a hurry, but they’re not as good (and can cost $16.50). Here’s a history of the chestnut (said to be one of the earliest foods ever eaten by man), here’s an excellent description of how to shell them (I used the stove-top method), and here’s a chestnut purée recipe similar to my mom’s. Chestnuts are also delicious in turkey stuffing .

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posted November 18, 2006 at 12:39 am

I am by no means a chestnut expert, but Trader Joes started selling them by the bag frozen last year. They were inexpensive so maybe worth a try. I think I’ll try your recipe with them… Thanks

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posted November 21, 2006 at 12:08 am

I’m happy to hear someone else doesn’t like how your hands get wrecked for the love of chestnuts! (My family just calls me a crybaby.) But I also agree: it’s worth it. And what a lovely way to honor your mother.

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