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Stuffed Mirlitons

Photo: Charles Walton; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson
Yield 8 servings
Also called chayote, mirlitons are a squash like fruit.

Ingredients

  • 4 large mirlitons
  • 1 pound unpeeled, medium-size fresh shrimp
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups refrigerated shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Garnish: fresh chives

How to Make It

  1. Bring mirlitons and water to cover to a boil in a large saucepan; boil 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool. Cut in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/2-inch shell; chop pulp, and set shells aside.

  2. Peel shrimp, and remove veins, if desired.

  3. Sauté shrimp, onion, and next 3 ingredients in hot oil 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink; remove from heat. Stir in mirliton pulp, 1 cup breadcrumbs, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, and next 4 ingredients; stuff evenly into mirliton shells. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Place in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

  4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Garnish, if desired.

Bailey's Restaurant, Lafayette, Louisiana