25 Ways to Use Chestnuts

By: Contributor

’Tis the season to be roasting chestnuts over open fires (or something like that). Preparing chestnuts can be a pain, but the aroma that will fill your house and the chestnuts themselves are always worth the effort.

Chestnuts must be cooked before eating them; roasting is one way to get that accomplished, but you can also boil them to use in a recipe. Like poking holes in potatoes before cooking, you must cut a small “x” into the flat side of chestnuts to prevent them from exploding. For easy shelling, peel the shells and skins off while the nuts are still warm. It’s a bit of a process, so make a big batch of roasted chestnuts, peel them all while they’re warm and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

At this point you’re ready to fulfill your holiday duty of incorporating chestnuts into everything imaginable:

Photo by: Kelley Jordan Heneveld ©Kelley Jordan Photography

Kelley Jordan Heneveld, Kelley Jordan Photography

More 25 Ways:

Next Up

Brunch Rush! Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Maple-Bourbon Butter

Worried you’d have pumpkin spice withdrawals now that the holiday season has ended? Have no fear; there’s room for one last go with everyone’s favorite seasonal obsession.

Merry Christmas from Cooking Channel!

Get cozy around the fire with mugs of Rev Run's hot chocolate and a plate of peppermint cookies.

Sifted: Boozy Caramel Sauce, Eggnog Oatmeal + More Holiday Goodies

Get Cooking Channel's take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including holiday cocktails and DIY edible gifts.

Hump Day Snack: Sufganiyot (AKA Jelly Doughnuts)

Celebrate Hanukkah -- or any holiday this winter season! -- with these irresistible jelly doughnuts (also called sufganiyot) that are fried until golden brown and filled with raspberry jam.

Meatless Monday: Quick, Elegant Citrus Salad

Start your holiday feast with an elegant salad that comes together in less than 20 minutes.

Hanukkah Recipes from Cooking Channel

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Hanukkah classics like potato latkes, brisket and doughnuts.

On TV

Taco Trip

8am | 7c

Taco Trip

8:30am | 7:30c

Food Truck Nation

9:30am | 8:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

10am | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30am | 9:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

11am | 10c

Unwrapped 2.0

11:30am | 10:30c

Good Eats

12pm | 11c

Good Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Good Eats

1pm | 12c

Good Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Man Fire Food

4:30pm | 3:30c

Man Fire Food

5:30pm | 4:30c

Man v. Food

6pm | 5c

Man v. Food

6:30pm | 5:30c

Man v. Food

7pm | 6c

Man v. Food

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Man v. Food

8pm | 7c

Man v. Food

8:30pm | 7:30c

Man v. Food

9pm | 8c

Man v. Food

9:30pm | 8:30c
10pm | 9c
11pm | 10c

Man v. Food

12am | 11c

Man v. Food

12:30am | 11:30c

Man v. Food

1am | 12c

Man v. Food

1:30am | 12:30c
2am | 1c
3am | 2c
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Sundays 10|9c

So Much Pretty Food Here