Ragoût of chestnuts, shallots and parsnips

Ragoût of chestnuts, shallots and parsnips

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From
French Lessons
Serves
4
Prep
15 mins
Cooking time
30 mins
Photographer
Steve Brown

This is a wonderful and unusual ragoût to serve in the autumn months, either as a starter or as an accompaniment to roasted game birds. The sweet mealiness of the chestnuts works beautifully with the parsnips and shallots. If you really want to impress your friends, dollop on a knob of truffled butter as you bring the plates to the table – the sweet, earthy, pungent aromas are to die for.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 parsnips, peeled and cored
10ml vegetable oil
24 shallots, peeled but left whole
24 chestnuts, peeled
salt
10ml sherry vinegar
500ml Brown chicken or game stock
100g Truffle butter, (optional)
2 tablespoons parsley leaves, finely chopped
pepper

Method

  1. Cut the parsnips into large batons. Heat the oil in a casserole or earthenware braising dish over a high heat. Add the shallots, chestnuts and parsnips, season well and sauté until coloured a deep golden brown.
  2. Add the sherry vinegar and then the chicken stock. Bring to the boil and skim well, then lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Cut a piece of baking paper to the size of the pan to make a cartouche and place on the surface. Simmer the ragoût for about half an hour until the liquid has thickened and concentrated to form a rich sauce.
  3. Ladle into 4 serving bowls and serve immediately, topped with a knob of truffle butter, if using, and a scattering of parsley.
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