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Louisiana Style Mirleton Stuffed With Ham And Shrimp

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Ingredients
  Mirlitons 4 Small (Chayote Squash)
  Unsalted butter 3 Tablespoon
  Peeled and deveined shrimp 12 Ounce, finely diced (350 Grams)
  Cooked ham 8 Ounce, finely diced
  Finely chopped onions 3 Ounce (100 Grams)
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), minced
  Hot pepper sauce 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Minced fresh parsley 1 Tablespoon
  Minced fresh thyme/1 pinch dried 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Fresh bread crumbs 3 Ounce, unseasoned, preferably freshly made from day-old french / white bread (100 Grams)
  Vegetable oil/Butter 1 Teaspoon (For Greasing Baking Sheet)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F or Mark 5)

MAKING
2. In large covered saucepan fitted with collapsible vegetable steamer, bring 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) of water to a boil.
3. Cut squash in half and remove seeds.
4. Steam halves, cut side down, 30 to 35 minutes, or until they are tender but still hold their shape. 5. Check water level occasionally, adding more water if necessary.
6. While mirlitons are steaming, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in large skillet.
7. Add shrimp, ham, onion, garlic, and hot pepper sauce, and cook over medium heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until onions become transparent.
8. Using tongs, remove squash and drain on paper towels.
9. Carefully scoop out pulp into medium-size bowl, leaving 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick shells. Place shells on lightly greased baking sheet.
10. In a skillet, add mashed mirliton pulp, parsley, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste.
11. Cook another 5 minutes, then stir in all but 2 tablespoons of the bread crumbs and mix well.
12. Fill mirliton shells with the cooked mixture.
13. Sprinkle with remaining bread crumbs and dot with remaining tablespoon butter.
14. Bake in upper third of oven 10 to 15 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned.
15. Remove from oven and, with wide metal spatula, place the stuffed mirlitons on individual serving plates.

SERVING
16. Serve in a serving dish.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Steamed
Ingredient: 
Shrimp
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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