When I was a kid, water chestnuts offended my sense of what is (or should be) right with the universe.
- They have no flavor.
- They have no color.
- They have no nutritional value.*
- They are incapable of taking on external flavors regardless of the hours that are spent simmering in a sauce.
Nevertheless, I have come to appreciate their “I just want crunch, that’s all, just some stupid freakin’ CRUNCH” properties in stuff I make. Especially when chopped.
*“As a kid you paid attention to nutritional value?” I was an avid reader of food boxes/cans/cartons. Shut up.