Mirliton Crab Bisque

Mirliton Crab Bisque with crab meat in a bowl with three mirlitons

Mirliton-the wrinkly green vegetable, found in family gardens and farmers markets all over South Louisiana. This versatile and unique squash is a staple of Louisiana, served many ways-pickled, casseroles and stuffed. My favorite is this wonderful Mirliton Crab Bisque. The mirliton’s mild flavor is a perfect vehicle for the succulent and rich crab meat and unique spice blend of nutmeg, allspice and cardamon. Perfect for an appetizer or the main course, served with crisp french bread and a green salad.

Mirliton Crab Bisque with crab meat in a bowl with three mirlitons
Sweet Daddy D's Mirliton Crab Bisque
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Mirliton Crab Bisque-the mirliton's mild flavor is a perfect vehicle for the succulent and rich crab meat and unique spice blend of nutmeg, allspice and cardamon in a creamy, rich bisque. Perfect for an appetizer or the main course, served with crisp french bread and a green salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 542
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 542
Mirliton Crab Bisque with crab meat in a bowl with three mirlitons
Sweet Daddy D's Mirliton Crab Bisque
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Mirliton Crab Bisque-the mirliton's mild flavor is a perfect vehicle for the succulent and rich crab meat and unique spice blend of nutmeg, allspice and cardamon in a creamy, rich bisque. Perfect for an appetizer or the main course, served with crisp french bread and a green salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 542
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 542
This is What You Need
Herb and Spice Blend
This is What You Do
  1. Slice the mirlitons in half, lengthwise and poach in salted water for about 45 minutes until very tender when probed.
  2. Remove from the water and allow the mirlitons to cool, then remove and discard the seed and scoop out the meat with a spoon.
  3. Chop the mirliton; set aside until needed, but reserve about ¼ cup of pieces to add to the bisque at the end.
  4. Melt butter in a heavy bottom dutch oven over medium high heat until bubbly
  5. Add yellow onions and celery and saute until the onions are starting to clear-about 5 minutes.
  6. Add green onions and saute for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add the flour and mix in thoroughly, stirring constantly to make a blond roux-about 3 minutes; don't let the roux brown,
  8. Mix in the creole seasoning.
  9. Add the carrots, stir to coat with the roux, then add in the mirliton and stir everything together very well.
  10. Lower heat and allow everything to simmer for about 10 minutes while the mirliton releases some of its liquid. Stir often and mash some the mirliton with your spoon while you stir.
  11. Increase the heat and add the stock and the wine.
  12. Mix well and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and maintain a heavy simmer for about 20 minutes while it thicken. Stir often.
  13. Test to make sure the carrots are soft, then using an immersion blender, smooth out the bisque, making sure to get all the carrots and mirliton pieces.
  14. Add in the heavy whipping cream and stir together until it is all incorporated. Mix in about half of the spice blend and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  15. Add in the crab meat making sure not to break it up. Add the reserved mirliton pieces and carefully blend everything together well.
  16. Now that the crab meat is in, taste it again to check the seasonings. Add more of the reserved spice blend and salt if needed.
  17. Serve this in a cup as an appetizer, or in bowl as an entree. Some nice saltines or crispy french bread go well with the bisque as does a nice green salad.
Recipe Notes

Mirlitons are also called chayote or alligator pears. They will vary in size but  you want about four cups of prepared mirliton meat for this recipe.

Have some extra stock in reserve in case the bisque needs to be thinned out. Vegetable or chicken stock are an excellent substitute for seafood stock.

This recipe makes about 8 full size servings (bowls) or 12 appetizer size servings (cups)

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Daddy D's Mirliton Crab Bisque
Amount Per Serving
Calories 542 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 72%
Saturated Fat 29g 145%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 628mg 26%
Potassium 374mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 117%
Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 9%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Mirlitons Stuffed with Shrimp and Creole Tomatoes

Stuffed Mirliton with Shrimp and Creole Tomatoes and Roasted Carrots with Cane Syrup
Mirlitons Stuffed with Shrimp and Creole Tomatoes
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Mirlitons, stuffed with a shrimp filling made from sauteing the trinity (onions, celery and bell peppers) along with the mirliton fruit and sweet Creole tomatoes blended with fresh shrimp and creole seasoning. South Louisiana comfort food-hearty and delicious! Mirlitons, a peculiar looking squash, also known as Chayote or Vegetable Pear, is a Louisiana favorite-try this recipe and they will also be a favorite of yours!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time Calories Per Serving
8 to 10Servings 30Minutes 60Minutes 30Minutes 236
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This Is What You Do
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Boil whole mirlitons for 30–45 minutes until tender. Remove from water and allow to cool.
  3. When cooled, slice in half lengthwise at widest point and remove the seed; scoop out to the meat leaving about 1/4 inch of shell. Set Aside. (See Notes)
  4. Chop the mirliton meat and set in a colander over a bowl to allow the water to drain, retain the liquid.
  5. Peel, devein and rinse the shrimp. Pat dry.
  6. Coarse chop the shrimp, mix in some creole seasoning and set aside.
  7. Parboil the tomatoes then place in an ice bath. Peel, remove the seeds then chop the tomatoes. (See Notes)
  8. Melt butter in a heavy bottom dutch oven over high heat until frothy.
  9. Add the trinity-yellow onions, celery and bell peppers and saute until the onions are clear, about 8 minutes.
  10. Add the aromatics-garlic, green onions and the Herb and Spice Blend (not the sugar).
  11. Stir and saute until aromatic, about 4 minutes.
  12. Add the tomatoes and saute a couple of minutes.
  13. Add the chopped mirliton meat and sugar, continue to sauté, cooking most of the water out of the mirlitons. Mash mirliton meat with a spoon as it cooks-its OK to have some chunks. About 5 minutes.
  14. Add the chopped shrimp and stir to mix well.
  15. Sauté until the shrimp have turned pink, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  16. Add about half the bread crumbs and mix well.
  17. Add more breadcrumbs until the mix tightens up-cook about 5 more minutes.
  18. Remove the dutch from the heat and allow it to cool-about 15 to 30 minutes.
  19. Remove the bay leaves from the filling and stuff the filling into the mirliton shells, pressing to make sure all the voids are filled.
  20. Place the stuffed mirlitons onto a prepared baking sheet or oven-proof baking dish. When they are all stuffed, sprinkle some breadcrumbs and a little Romano cheese on top of each one. Place a small tab of butter on the top of each one.
  21. Bake for about 30 minutes in the preheated oven until golden brown.
Recipe Notes

A mirliton is a peculiar looking squash that is commonly known as a Chayote or Vegetable Pear outside of Louisiana. Once it's all cooked, the skin will be very soft-it's fine to eat, in fact, it's delicious!

To prepare the mirlitons, add them to about 10 cups of boiling water and boil until soft-for about 30 minutes. Check them by probing with a tooth pick. If they are soft and offer little or no resistance, they are done.  If they are still a little tough, continue to boil and check every 5 to 10 minutes.  Make sure to let them cool before handling-it will be much more pleasant.  Once cooled, slice the mirliton in half lengthwise at the widest part. Scoop out the seed and the white part around it, then carefully spoon or scrape out the fruit into a bowl, leaving about 1/4 inch of the shell. The soft skin is easy to pierce or tear-but even if it gets torn, it will still be good for stuffing!

If you start with 5 mirlitons, you'll end up with 10 halves (no extra charge for the math lesson!). However, stuff as much filling as you can in them even if you don't have enough for all 10 halves. I usually end up with 8 or 9.

If you don't have Creole tomatoes, use any ripe tomato-home grown are the best. The important part is to use ripe tomatoes, but if there are none available, canned diced tomatoes will work perfectly!

The easy way to peel and seed the tomatoes is to parboil them. Cut a shallow cross with a very sharp knife on the top, crisscrossing the stem.  Bring about 10 cups of water to a heavy boil. Working with one or two tomatoes at a time, place them in the boiling water.  Boil them for about three minutes after the water returns to a boil. (placing the cover over the pot will help bring the water back to a boil quicker). Remove the tomatoes immediately into an ice bath (a large bowl filled with ice and cold water).  This will stop the cooking process and make them easy to peel. Let them sit in the ice bath about 10 minutes. When you remove them, grab a piece of the curling skin between your thumb and the flat of a knife blade and pull. Continue until the entire tomato has been peeled. To get the seeds out, slice in half or threes across the tomato's equator and scoop the seeds out with your fingers or a small spoon. Sometimes you can squeeze the seeds out. Its OK if you don't get every single seed out. Next, chop the peeled tomatoes and they are ready for use.

Some commercial creole seasonings have a lot of salt, so make sure you taste the filling before you add more salt to it.

Nutrition Facts
Mirlitons Stuffed with Shrimp and Creole Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 370mg 15%
Potassium 597mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 9g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 32%
Vitamin C 91%
Calcium 12%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.