I have never been a fan of stuffed vegetables. For most part I find them tedious and not quite worth the effort.
I also find it off putting that most stuffed recipes involve filling up green bell pepper with rice meat and what not. Hence, you won't dind many of those on this blog.
I will say this, that in past couple of months, I'm having to re-think my opinion. I had the most splendid mashed potato stuffed long peppers in Sicily cooked by my good friend and genius chef, Silvia.
And more recently these ingenius stuffed chayote squash, mirlitons (pronounced mah-lee-tans)
I don't know about you but mah-lee-tans just sounds sexier than squash - French creole will do that to just about any ingredient!
Secondly, for a change I get to stuff a vegetable with some honest to goodness nutritional value with some delcious ingredients - like shrimp and veggies and a lovely bread crumb topping. Yummmmm
These babies are all the rage in Lousiana where people have these growing by the bushels in their backyard on trees and are forever handing these off to neighbors and whoever comes visiting.
For the rest of us, oh so! far from Louisana, no one is handing these off to us by the bushel and a visit to the Mexican or Asian market is the best place to get these and prices that won't burn a hole in your pocket.
For those who can't find chayote/mirlitons at all, I'd recommend doing the same recipe with zucchinis halved lengthwise but you'd have to cook them for lesser time.
What makes these so delicious is the homemade creole seasoning in which the shrimp is marinated and then sauteed with 'the trinity' -onions, celery and peppers and scooped up veggie. The home toasted breadcrumbs and a fantastic texture.
These are so delicious and you better believe it! My 12 year old just walked in while I was writing this post and said, "I would not mind having these again at all".
You know what they say, from the mouth of babes and all.....