12/19/2012 09:22 am ET Updated Dec 22, 2014

Chestnut Recipes That Don't Involve Roasting On An Open Fire

The Bojon Gourmet

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire might sound romantic, but there are so many tasty ways to enjoy these nuts, you'd be missing out if you stopped at the open flame. Chestnuts' sweet, earthy flavor complements pretty much everything you want to eat, from chocolate to fruit. And their mild meatiness also makes them an excellent garnish for bacon and vegetables, like Brussels sprouts or spinach. (See? Everything you want to eat.) Chestnuts are also stars in stuffing, which should definitely be on your table well after Thanksgiving, guys.

Whether you lean sweet or savory, chestnuts' complex flavor will add a heft and richness to whatever you're making. And isn't rich flavor what holiday cooking is all about? Chestnuts will transform lackluster or simply overdone recipes into festive wintertime feasts. Adding chestnuts to your recipes is kind of like give yourself a big bear hug, which is exactly what you want when you feel like hibernating. Check out these 18 chestnut recipes, for Christmas and all winter long.

And first, watch how to roast your own chestnuts.

18 Chestnut Recipes

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