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6 Chestnut Recipes for the Holidays That Are Not Roasted Over an Open Fire

What Does a Chestnut Even Look Like?

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Chestnuts are not just some folklore you hear about once a year in a holiday jingle. They're a type of tree nut—an undervalued one at that. There's such a low demand for chestnuts in the U.S. that they're primarily an imported food, but you should take a closer look at this nutrient powerhouse.

Three ounces of roasted chestnuts have 4 grams of protein, only 1 gram of fat, and 200 calories, making them one of the lowest-calorie nuts on the market. Plus, they pack important nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, and folate.

You can find raw versions in the produce section of most major markets during the holiday season and online in ready-to-eat varieties such as roasted or shelled. (You could even forage for them outside on your own.)

Try one of these six chestnuts recipes that will get you in the spirit this season.

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Classic Roasted Chestnuts

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Let's talk cooking basics. Learning how to roast a chestnut is important so you can put together all the lovely meals below effortlessly. While traditionally, chestnuts have been roasted over open flames in a large cast iron pot with a lid, you certainly don't need to start a fire to make them. With an oven, a scoring knife, and a baking sheet, you'll have homemade roasted chestnuts in less than 20 minutes.

Get the recipe: Roasted Chestnuts

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Roasted Chestnut Meatballs

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Who doesn't love a good meatball? Made with traditional ground beef and seasonings, these Roasted Chestnut Meatballs are a wonderful addition to a holiday spread. Pair over spiralized zoodles and top with a veggie-filled sauce to make it a complete meal that packs protein, fiber, and healthy complex carbs.

Get the recipe: Roasted Chestnut Meatballs

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Roasted Chestnut Soup

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Made an extra big batch of roasted chestnuts for the holidays and not sure what to do with all of them? Roasted Chestnut Soup to the rescue. This nourishing bowl of goodness is the perfect way to show the versatility of chestnuts in a savory winter soup. (Related: Seriously Satisfying Soup Recipes That Bring the "Hygge" to Mealtime)

Get the recipe: Roasted Chestnut Soup (Need a dairy-free version? Try: Vegan Chestnut Bisque)

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Chestnut Mushroom Bourguignon

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Mushrooms, an umami-flavored superfood, make roasted chestnuts shine in this Chestnut Mushroom Bourguignon. With mushrooms carrying a hearty dose of vitamin D combined with the fiber and potassium in the chestnuts, this dish is just as nutritious as it is delicious. Carnivores and omnivores alike will enjoy this dish with the meaty texture of those chestnuts.

Get the recipe: Chestnut Mushroom Bourguignon


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Quinoa and Chestnut Stuffing

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Finally, a gluten-free stuffing that actually tastes like stuffing. This recipe is the best answer for those people who prefer to load up on the fixings and side dishes rather than the bird. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it the perfect complement to the high-carb chestnuts.

Get the recipe: Chestnut Mushroom Bourguignon

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Three Mushroom, Squash and Chestnut Wellington

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Love puff pastry but have officially run out of ways to use it? Three different kinds of mushrooms, squash, and chestnuts are wrapped in this pillowy dough for a warm and flavorful recipe. This dish is not only going to steal the show on your holiday table. (Discover more seasonal recipes with acorn squash.)

Get the recipe: Three Mushroom, Squash and Chestnut Wellington

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