These odd looking vegetables are often passed over at the super market. Known by many names, in Louisiana, we call them Mirlitons.
Pear shaped with a lime-green tough skin, they are sweet and almost transparent inside. But, before you can enjoy them, you have to cook them. I’ve never enjoyed them raw, though once I was offered a slice at the Farmers Market. Tasted bitter to me.
Stuffed with shrimp. That’s the Louisiana way and that’s just what I did. This time I made them stuffed but I also enjoy using just the stuffing on it’s own and not back in the shell. It’s a Louisiana Thanksgiving staple.
If you’re looking for something light, but hearty, tasty but Lent Friendly, fresh and savory-try a mirliton.