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Easy & Expert Recipes For Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts

Chestnut Brussels Sprouts Two Ways — Beginner and Expert

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.

Beginner Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts

Beginner Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts

Easy Recipe for Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 cups water
2 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise (8 cups)
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup bottled roasted whole chestnuts (4 oz), coarsely crumbled

Directions

  1. Bring butter, salt, pepper, and 1 cup water to a boil over high heat in a deep 12-inch heavy skillet, then add Brussels sprouts and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Remove lid and boil over moderately high heat until water is evaporated and sprouts are lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add cream and remaining 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil, stirring.
  4. Add chestnuts, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Serves 8.

Expert Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts

Expert Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts

Expert Recipe For Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts

Ingredients

3/4 pound fresh chestnuts
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup homemade turkey stock, or low-sodium canned, skimmed of fat

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Using a paring knife or a chestnut knife, cut a large X into the shell of each chestnut on one side. Arrange on a baking pan in a single layer, cut side up. Roast until flesh is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Immediately remove and discard shells, keeping chestnuts whole if possible. Set chestnuts aside.
  2. Melt butter and oil in a large saute pan set over medium-high heat. Add brussels sprouts; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 16 to 18 minutes.
  3. Add roasted chestnuts. Cook, gently stirring occasionally, until brussels sprouts are tender and spotted deep brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Add vinegar, sugar, and turkey stock. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has been reduced to a syrup, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish, and serve.

Makes 8 servings.

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