Shrimp Stuffed Mirliton

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Servings: 8 servings
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

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4 mirlitons
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 stick butter
1/2 cup chopped green onion
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 pound shrimp, peeled, tailed, deveined and chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add about a 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Add the mirliton, lower the heat and cook for 30 to 45 minutes until it is the consistency of a soft potato. Drain mirliton. Put a knife in the crease, cut the mirliton in half lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp, leaving at least 1/4-inch all around. Set pulp aside. Turn upside down to let them mirliton drain.

In skillet over medium heat melt butter and add chopped vegetables until soft; about 5 to 10 minutes. Chop the mirliton pulp and add to skillet. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning and the shrimp and stir to combine. Stir in the bread crumbs and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Place mirliton halves into a casserole dish. Scoop shrimp mixture into mirliton shells and bake for 30 minutes.

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Reader Comments:


Is a mirilton like a prong shrimp?

By Curtis Noyes on January 13, 2013


What is mirliton? I have been cooking for over 45 years and have never heard of it. Thank you! Sharon in Nebraska.

By Anonymous on December 21, 2012


what is a mirliton it sounds like a vegetable

By Becky Droneburg on July 26, 2012


Where can I find mirliton up north? OR, better yet, what can be substituted?

By Sandra Ellis on May 23, 2012


Thanks for this recipe Paula. Chayote is common in Puerto Rico and its great finally having a recipe with flavor.

By JoAnn on April 08, 2011


Had these served to us on Thanksgiving as an "appetizer" and they are FABULOUS! I can't wait to make them myself.

By Anonymous on December 01, 2009


This was a wonderful side dish. If you like squash you'll love this recipe! It's not too spicy, and mild tasting, but got lots of rave reviews at my dinner party.

By Ang on August 27, 2009

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