Preparation / Directions:
Still got those chestnuts sitting around? Here's what Ken Hom has to say about preparing fresh chestnuts or use in Chinese cooking, along with a recipe for a braised dish in which they can be used. The recipe doesn't specify how many chestnuts to use so use your own discretion.
"The Chinese use the same Western chestnut with its sweet flavor and soft, mealy texture in stir fried dishes and stews like Chinese Beef Stew and in stuffing. Shop for large, dark brown chestnuts in the fall, when they are in season. Dried chestnuts, once soaked, can be used like fresh chestnuts.
1. Boil the chestnuts for 30 minutes, shells on.
2. Peel the outer skin first.
3. Peel the inner skin, revealing the golden meat. Chestnuts are usually used either whole or split in hal