Chestnuts stew


A special recipe that I have encountered during my travels in Crete. A delicate dish that will pleasantly surprise you.

We can make it on fasting days and it can be consumed by vegetarian or vegan.

The materials we will need are

  • 1 kg of chestnuts
  • 1 kg onion kokkari
  • 1/2 glass of red wine
  • 1 shot of brandy
  • 1 crushed tomato
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • a little olive oil
  • salt, pepper, bay leaf, allspice, cinnamon, cloves


  1. We do the preparation for the cleaning of chestnuts. There are two versions. One is to carve them from below and put them in the oven at a high temperature so that we can easily clean them and the second is to carve them from below and boil them for a while, so that they peel more easily…
    There is of course the third version that they sell them cleaned in a vacuum package in the refrigerators of the big supermarkets.
  2. In a deep saucepan take the onions and sauté them until they get a sweet caramel color,
  3. Then add the garlic, chestnuts and stir with gentle movements. Quench with brandy and red wine.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes and our spices and let it simmer on low heat until the chestnuts are soft and the sauce has set. If necessary, add a little water.

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