Photo: Charles Walton; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson
8 servings

Also called chayote, mirlitons are a squash like fruit.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Peel shrimp, and remove veins, if desired.

Step 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.

Step 4

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

Bailey's Restaurant, Lafayette, Louisiana

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