I love them roasted on an open fire. After 15 minutes, they are ready to be eaten. You will only have to be careful that you’re not anywhere near the pan if it explodes (that happens when you don’t pre-slit each and everyone)
But it is usually much easier if you’re using cooked chestnut packed and ready to use. In the season, you can usually get them off the local supermarkets. You can of course cook and boil them yourself too, but this would certainly need more time, before you start off with the actual cooking. This is a simplified, quick and easy outdoor recipe of the Beef Bourguignon, just with chestnut and cooked with a MSR stove. You can of course add in carrots and potatoes or pearl onions, which will need an extra cooking time.
400g Filet from beef, sliced
1 onion sliced
2 cloves garlic
handful of sliced fresh brown mushrooms
1/2 lime (juiced)
1/2 tsp. 5 spices (Ngo Hiong)
1 packet pre-cooked chestnuts
400 ml red burgundy (wine)
3-4 tbsp Olive oil
1x beef bouillon (cube)
Heat olive oil, fry the onion s till golden, add sliced beef. Fry till almost cooked. Add a dash of chilli, pepper, salt & beef bouillon and stir fry. Just when the meat starts getting brown, add a quarter of the red wine. Add the chestnuts. Let the liquid evaporate, then add wine again. Repeat this for another 2-3 times. Add the other spices and stir. Simmer for another 7 mins, add the lime juice, a pinch of sugar. Add the mushrooms and stir for another 2 minutes before you take everything off the fire. Goes well with rice and a chicory salad too.
Preparation & cooking: 25 mins
Note: This post first appeared in autumn, 2007. It has been updated and revised.