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Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Yield: 6 servings

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Chestnuts, Brussels Sprouts and Parsnips
This recipe serves: 6  
1/2 pound chestnuts
4 cups chicken stock or water
1 small carrot
1 stalk celery
3 sprigs fresh thyme
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound Brussels sprouts
1 pound parsnips
3 tablespoons olive oil
Italian parsley, for garnish

Cooking Instructions
1. To prepare the chestnuts: score the hulls with a small, sharp knife and put them in a saucepan with cold water. Bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Remove the chestnuts from the water a few at a time. They should peel easily. The fresher they are, the more easily they peel.

2. Cover the peeled chestnuts with chicken stock or water. Add the carrot, celery stalk and thyme. Salt lightly and add a grinding of pepper. Bring to a simmer. Cook until the chestnuts are no longer raw but not soft or crumbling, about 15 to 20 minutes.

3. To prepare the Brussels sprouts: Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Salt the water generously. (This will keep the Brussels sprouts green and bring out their flavor.) Trim the stem end of the Brussels sprouts. Add them to the boiling water and blanch until still slightly crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Refresh by running under cold water.

4. To prepare the parsnips: Peel the parsnips, cut them in half across the middle. Cut the fatter half of the parsnip into quarters lengthwise. Cut the thin half in half lengthwise. With a small knife, remove the core from each piece. You are trying to produce 3-4" lengths of parsnip of roughly the same width.

5. To finish the dish, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the parsnips, season with salt and pepper. Sauté the parsnips over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until they begin to color slightly, about 8 to 10 minutes.

6. Add the Brussels sprouts and the chestnuts. They will heat through while the parsnips finish cooking. Chestnuts may also pick up some color during this process. Remove from the heat when the parsnips are tender with streaks of golden brown. Adjust the seasoning, and serve immediately sprinkled with Italian parsley.

Serving Size: about 3/4 cup

Nutritional Information
Number of Servings: 6
Per Serving
Calories 174 Carbohydrate 26 g
Fat 8 g Fiber 5 g
Protein 3 g Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 37 mg    


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