Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chestnut Mashed Potatoes

The holidays are super hectic.  Even if you're one of those people that doesn't get stressed out about anything.  Maybe you're one of those people that goes with the flow, doesn't sweat the small stuff, and is just generally very zen.
Well, good for you.  The rest of us desperately go on stress runs and take yoga 8 times a day just to get a glimpse into your life.

There's a lot to do right now.  There are presents to shop for, flights/drives to prepare for, decorations to put up, holiday parties to attend, ugly sweaters to don.  So even if you are going with the flow, the flow of things is pretty fast-paced right now.
But while you're running around frantically, try not to forget to eat.  For some of us (like my sister and I who always have at least one snack in our purse), this isn't really an issue, but I know there are those of you out there who just collapse into bed some nights trying to remember if you ate anything at all that day.  And there are those of you out there who have to make dinner for your family, because even if you're not hungry, they are.  So for a super simple pre-Christmas meal, try this: Mini Cheddar Meatloves, Veggie of choice, and these super delicious, holiday flavored, Chestnut Mashed Potatoes.

Recipe slightly adapted from Anne Burrell
1 bag peeled chestnuts
1 Tbsp. (or so) coarse seasalt
4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/2-1 c. whipping cream
4 Tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, grated

1.  Place chestnuts in a large saucepan.  Cover with water.  Bring to a boil.

2.  Drop potatoes into water.  Cook until potatoes are done (test with a fork).

3.  Drain.  Mash potatoes with butter and all or part of the cream, until reaches desired consistency.  Stir in nutmeg.


  1. Do you remove the chestnuts after the potatoes are cooked?

    1. Knic, you don't take them out, just mash them along with the potatoes. There will be little specks of chestnuts in there!

  2. What an interesting recipe. I've never cooked with chestnuts before, so ths may be he way to get me started!

    1. To be honest, I had never cooked with them either! I thought this would be the perfect recipe for me to get started on too!

  3. when i was in philly i had chestnut mashed potatoes for the first time - never thought of making them myself. amazing!

    1. I'm so glad I could provide some inspiration! Once you see how easy they are, you'll make them all the time, I promise!!!


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