Savory Chestnut Puree

Savory Chestnut Puree

2 Reviews
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Try this easy, elegant chestnut puree with roasted quail, turkey or chicken.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 14-ounce jar roasted chestnuts (see Tip)
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt


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  1. Combine chestnuts, broth, water, thyme and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, partially covered, until the chestnuts easily break apart, 10 to 20 minutes. Remove the thyme.
  2. Transfer the chestnut mixture to a food processor; puree until the mixture is very smooth and has the consistency of a thick spread. Add a little more broth if a thinner consistency is desired. Return the puree to the pan; cover to keep warm.
  3. Reheat over low heat just before serving; thin with a little water, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 up to 1 hour in advance.
  • Tip: Cooked peeled chestnuts are available in jars in the baking aisle or with seasonal foods at many supermarkets.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 247 calories; 2 g fat(0 g sat); 5 g fiber; 53 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 71 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 24 IU vitamin A; 26 mg vitamin C; 31 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 177 mg sodium; 639 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (43% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3½ starch

Reviews 2

December 25, 2018
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I too used this recipe to make the puree to add to the chestnut spinach and blue cheese en croute. It worked really well.
December 23, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Perfect for my Christmas recipe I am a frsitr timer at this chestnut thing. An Ozzie liviing in Scotland. Made the mistake of making a sweet puree, and had just enough chestnuts to make this savoury one for a 'Spinach, Chestnut and Blue Cheese en croute, for Christmas lunch on Thursday. (The leeks are cooking as I write!) By the way, 8oz of freshly roasted chestnuts makes about 1 lb of puree using this recipe.Thank you so much! The family will be most impressed! Pros: Not too much lquid required (or wasted!) Great texture Cons: Who enjoys peeling chestnuts?! I didn't have a jar!
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