Louisiana Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton

This shrimp stuffed mirliton is a tasty Louisiana treat, and a perfect Thanksgiving side dish.

Louisiana Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton
Serves 10
Mirliton, a squash variety that thrives in Louisiana, is stuffed with Gulf shrimp.
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  1. 12 mirlitons (chayote squash), halved
  2. 1/2 cup butter
  3. 2 large onions, chopped
  4. 4 bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  5. 1 bunch celery, chopped
  6. 1 1/2 pounds smoked ham, chopped
  7. 2 to 3 pounds peeled fresh shrimp, chopped
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  10. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  11. 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  12. 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs, plus more for topping
  1. In a large Dutch oven of water, boil mirlitons until tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from water; when cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise, remove seed from each, and discard seeds.
  2. Remove mirliton flesh by delicately scooping, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Set flesh aside, and turn the shells upside-down on a cooling rack to drain.
  3. Preheat oven to 300°.
  4. In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery, and cook until onion is translucent. Add ham, shrimp, salt, pepper, and garlic, and cook until shrimp are pink and firm. Add reserved mirliton flesh, and cook 5 minutes.
  5. Gently fold in bread crumbs. (Because mirlitons are watery, you may need more bread crumbs to reach the desired consistency.) Add additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Cook 5 minutes more.
  6. Place mirliton shells in a large casserole dish, and gently stuff with shrimp mixture. Top with additional bread crumbs, cover, and bake 20 to 30 minutes.
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  1. Pat Aubert October 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    This can also be done with eggplant

    • Shamekia Jackson October 14, 2016 at 12:03 am - Reply

      Thanks I was just wondering that exact question

  2. Bernie November 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    can these be frozen and reheated?

    • Editor November 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      After consulting with our Test Kitchen, we feel these stuffed mirlitons are best when made fresh. Freezing the final product could mess with the texture and flavor. If you wanted to try, we’d suggest cooking the mirlitons a little less in the beginning (but enough to remove the seed and flesh), then freezing the shell and the stuffing separately. If you try it, let us know how it turns out.

    • April Parker November 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Plz don’t freeze. They hold loooooots of water. But they are delicious.

    • Joann November 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Yes, I always make them and freeze. Thaw in refrigerator. When ready to eat put in oven for 30 minutes.

      • Gina November 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm - Reply

        Do you cook them in the oven and then freeze them and reheat or ….make them, wrap uncooked and freeze them?

  3. Marie Lee November 20, 2014 at 12:29 am - Reply

    my family has made these for years. Recipe was from my grandmother. My mother made these and also made it in a casserole and it did freeze well. My sister has also froze the individual stuffed mirlitons and always good. We have always used shrimp and instead of ham diced smoked sausage or andouille. Talk about good!

  4. Katie shirkey Leithead October 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I have made these for years. But today instead of diced ham I did use finally chopped andouille sausage with my shrimp and a little bit of rendered bacon. They were delicious !!!! Paired with lump crabmeat and fresh corn bisque, it was a lovely rainy Sunday Cozy Kitchen Supper.

    • Debbie October 12, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Sounds awesome!!!

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