What to do with leftover cooked chestnuts

Chestnuts shouldn’t just be considered a nice accompaniment to your sprouts at Christmas. When cooked, they become buttery and sweet, reminiscent of a sweet potato, and can be wonderful addition to soups, stews, baked goods, and also pasta dishes. Discover ways to use up leftover cooked chestnuts below.

What to do with leftover cooked chestnuts

Recipes using leftover cooked chestnuts

ways to use up leftover cooked chestnuts

How to use up any leftover cooked chestnuts

  • Warm parsnip salad
    Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Toss 300g quartered parsnips in a little rapeseed oil in a roasting tin, season, then roast for 35 minutes. After 20 minutes add 100g cooked chestnuts, a few tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves and a drizzle of maple syrup. Toss with salad leaves to serve.
  • Moroccan chestnuts
    For a snack, cut 100g cooked chestnuts in half and toss with ½ tbsp rapeseed oil, ½ tbsp ground cumin, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp caster sugar and a little salt and pepper. Spread on a baking tray and roast at 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6 for 20 minutes.
  • Risotto with a twist
    Add 100g chopped cooked chestnuts to a classic risotto for added texture. Try it with this mushroom and spinach pearl barley risotto recipe.
  • Tip: You can also make chestnut purée from leftover cooked chestnuts. Put the chestnuts in a saucepan and just cover with milk. Bring the saucepan to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer until the milk has almost fully evaporated and the chestnuts are soft. Place the chestnuts in a food processor and blend to a puree, adding the milk from the pan as needed to make a smooth, thick paste. Sweeten, and you could make these Mont Blanc chestnut meringues.

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