In savoury dishes, chestnuts are the epitome of earthy rustic cooking. Use them in warming soups, like chestnut & cauliflower soup, or stews like venison sausage & chestnut casserole, or as a purée instead of mashed potato. Chestnuts are also a very welcome accompaniment to a roast dinner.
The texture of the cooked nuts means they can be a very useful alternative to flour in desserts as they can be blitzed in a food processor into a fine crumb. Chocolate and chestnuts are a heavenly combination!