Foie gras, crown roast, and fruitcake might dominate the holiday table, but that doesn't mean there isn't a place for dishes that are both festive and healthy. For a wholesome side dish, serve chestnuts, a classic Winter crop and Christmas favorite, tossed alongside brussel sprouts.
Chestnuts contain twice as much starch as potatoes, but they're low in fat, high in fiber, and possess a sweet, nutty flavor that pairs well with the slight bitterness of caramelized brussels sprouts. Sing along to Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song" as you toss already-roasted whole chestnuts into the simmer. Or, go the completely authentic route, buying fresh kernels and roasting them yourself. See both versions of a staple holiday side dish when you read more.
Serves 8. Makes 8 servings.
Makes 8 servings.