Boiling chestnuts is an easy and popular method of preparing the nut (at least within our family).
Remove the shells and cook in boiling water for ten minutes. Skim them out, and the brown skin should come off easily. They can again be placed in the boiling water and cooked until tender when pierced with a fork or skewer; they can then be served whole or mashed. They are seasoned with butter, salt, pepper, and cream if desired. They are also added to stuffing for chicken, turkey and veal.