Silky, roasted chestnut soup!

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Chestnuts… where have you been all my short life? Growing up in Montana, I don’t remember having chestnuts as a child. In England though, they are everywhere! Although most people eat them roasted, I even like them raw! I will agree though that they are better roasted! They are rather labor intensive, but so worth it. I can’t imagine anything made with chestnuts not being good. Around this time of year, you usually see recipes for chestnut stuffing and roast. The versatility of chestnuts are amazing. They are used in everything from ice cream to soups. Their nutty, sweet, buttery flavor gives dishes a lovely addition. Of course they are amazing just by themselves, freshly roasted as well. Someone said that the flavor of chestnuts were like freshly baked vanilla, hazelnut bread (and when they are roasting in your oven, you will know what I mean!)… if that doesn’t entice you to give them a try, I don’t know what will! 😉

Chestnuts are technically a nut, but are not fatty like other nuts. Instead, they have a higher carbohydrate content which is why they are sweet. After eating hundreds a few of them, I figured I should try using them in a recipe.

This chestnut soup is so silky and the nutty chestnut flavor is to die live for. The recipe is quite simple, but the roasting and peeling of the chestnuts can be quite tedious. It really is worth it though… (btw… plan on roasting more than the recipe calls for, as I am sure some won’t make it into the pot!) 😉

 

Recipe:

3 cups roasted and peeled chestnuts

1 stock of celery

4 leaves of fresh sage

1 T fresh thyme

1 T fresh parsley

dash of nutmeg

1 clove of garlic

1 onion

1 T miso (opional)

15 cashews

2-3 cups of water or broth

Cut an X on each chestnut with a sharp knife and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Peel the chestnuts while still warm. Meanwhile put the celery, onion, garlic in a pot with 1/2 cup of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chestnuts and another cup of water and simmer until very soft. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend smooth!

I am actually in Spain for the holidays… enjoying the sun! Pictures to come! 😉

2 Comments

  1. This looks fabulous! I never tried chestnut soup!! Looks so creamy…

  2. Amazing shots!!! And a mouth watery lovely recipe. Chestnuts sound amazing!

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