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Shrimp-and-Ham Stuffed Mirlitons

Yield Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large mirlitons
  • 1 pound unpeeled, medium shrimp
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 8 ounces cooked ham, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups soft breadcrumbs, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

How to Make It

  1. Bring mirlitons and water to cover to a boil in a Dutch oven; boil 25 to 30 minutes or until tender.

  2. Peel shrimp, and devein, if desired. Set shrimp aside.

  3. Drain and cool mirlitons. Cut in half lengthwise; remove seeds, and discard. Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/2-inch-thick shells; chop pulp.

  4. Sauté onion and next 3 ingredients in hot bacon drippings 3 minutes. Add shrimp and ham; cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Stir in mirliton pulp, 3/4 cup breadcrumbs, and Creole seasoning; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Let cool slightly; stir in egg. Stuff mirliton mixture evenly into mirliton shells.

  5. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and butter. Sprinkle evenly over stuffed mirlitons. Place in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

  6. Bake at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

  7. Note: Unbaked mirliton mixture may be spooned into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish (discard mirliton shells), and then baked as directed.