Chestnut Soup - The Chef's Cooking School
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Chestnut Soup

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Bacon cooked, dice reserve fat
  • 2 T. Shallot mince, or 1 small onion
  • 2 Carrot diced small
  • 2 Ribs of Celery
  • 1 Quart Chicken Stock
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ tsp. Thyme or 1 sprig fresh
  • Grated Nutmeg to taste to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste to taste
  • 1 ½ lbs Whole prepared shelled chestnuts
  • 3 oz. flour

Instructions

  • In stock pot sautee, shallot, carrot, celery in bacon fat. Add chestnuts, toast in pan, add flour. Cook until flour is toasted.
  • Add Stock, simmer for 30 minutes. Blend to smooth. Return to stove and add cream and spices. Simmer for 30 minutes. Adjust Seasonings and serve

Notes

Chestnuts are very firm, I found this soup is best if made the day before you want to eat it.  The flavors are fuller as well as the fact that if you use an immersion blender on this soup on 2nd day or food processor that the texture of the chestnut is less grainy

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