Chestnut Recipes

One of the very best things about autumn, chestnuts now come vacuum-packed, so you can enjoy their sweetness and texture all year round. Use them for petits monts blancs, roulades and in casseroles with game and other meats.

 
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Chestnut Soup with Bacon and Thyme CroutonsServes 4

Chestnut Soup with Bacon and Thyme Croutons

Ready-cooked chestnuts allow you to make this quck, easy, low-fat soup in no time at all and you'll be well rewarded: the chestnuts add richness and a sweet flavour for a perfect winter soup.

 
 
Pot-roasted Pheasant with Port and ChestnutsServes 4

Pot-roasted Pheasant with Port and Chestnuts

A superb alternative to turkey at Christmas and throughout the game season, this pheasant dish is crammed with robust flavours and wintry sustenance.

 
 
Petits Monts Blancs Makes 8

Petits Monts Blancs

This recipe has been devised as part of the New Year's Eve timed plan, which is why there are instructions to freeze the meringues; you can, of course, make the entire recipe in one go.

 
 
Eighteenth-century Chestnut StuffingMakes enough for a 12-14 lb (5.5-6.5 kg) turkey but would actually be okay for any size of bird

Eighteenth-century Chestnut Stuffing

This gorgeous stuffing recipe is proof that some of the old ones are the best! If you don't like peeling chestnuts, look out for vacuum-packed ones for speed and ease.

 
 
Iced Chocolate Chestnut Creams with White Chocolate SauceServes 8

Iced Chocolate Chestnut Creams with White Chocolate Sauce

Easy to make, these impressive creams are one way to get ahead at Christmas: make them up to six weeks ahead for hassle-free entertaining.

 
 
Roast Pheasant with Chestnut Stuffing and Port and Chestnut SauceServes 4

Roast Pheasant with Chestnut Stuffing and Port and Chestnut Sauce

A superb recipe for entertaining, this brings out the full flavour of pheasant, one of Britain's most underrated ingredients to be enjoyed in autumn and winter, during the game season.

 
 
Roast Chestnuts

Roast Chestnuts

Chestnuts do not contain much oil and traditionally were ground to produce a form of flour which is still used in some regions of Italy.

 
 
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