Savory Chestnut Puree

Savory Chestnut Puree

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

From EatingWell: November/December 2011
Yield: 4 servings, about 3/4 cup each
Active Time: 25
Total Time: 45


  1. 1 14-ounce jar roasted chestnuts (see Tip)
  2. 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 sprig fresh thyme
  5. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


  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.

Tips & Notes

  • 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 Per Serving: 247 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 53 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 5 g fiber; 177 mg sodium; 639 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (47% daily value), Potassium (20% dv), Folate (19% dv)

3 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 3 1/2 starch