Mirliton a la Creole

Mirliton or chayote is a wonderful, mild flavored squash that I was first introduced to in Haiti.  Steamed, stuffed or mixed with spicy shrimp, mirliton is a vegetable that appeals to  most.  Or should.  Versatile, it can be eaten alone with a little country bread, as I did, or served as a side dish.

It’s pale green in color, pear shaped with a tough outer skin.  Some say that the skin is inedible but I’ve had stuffed mirliton in Haiti, skin on, that was palatable.  Don’t worry, I removed the skin.

Mirliton a la Creole

4 mirliton

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 celery branch, chopped


2 tsp Emeril’s Essence

Boil the mirliton for 45 minutes, remove skin and cut into cubes.  Saute the pepper, onion, garlic and celery in butter until soft.  Add the mirliton cubes, Emeril’s Essence and stir cooking for about 2 minutes.

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10 Responses to Mirliton a la Creole

  1. Not sure about mirliton. My experience has been that most of the squash family offer more than they can deliver – but, because of my innate distrust in the Cucurbita family, my squash experience is limited.

  2. You’ll like this one Roger. Try it.

  3. I’m a big fan of squashes, and this is a new one on me. Never heard of emerils essence either!
    Great food Rosemary.

    • Hi Marcus. It’s a creole spice created by Emeril Lagasse. You can store it in a jar and use it to spice things up. Very good with shrimp.

      2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
      2 tablespoons salt
      2 tablespoons garlic powder
      1 tablespoon black pepper
      1 tablespoon onion powder
      1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
      1 tablespoon dried oregano
      1 tablespoon dried thyme
      Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in a jar.

  4. Tessa says:

    I love chayote. And be sure not to forget to say “Bam!” when you add Emeril’s Essence. 🙂

  5. I love about any type of squash, so I’ll keep my eyes, um, peeled!

  6. katyarich says:

    In Brazil we call it CHUCHU…I love it, normally we have it on.. salads, boil first, let it to cool and mix in a bowl with onions, tomatoes and dressing with lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. I brought one from Brazil on November last year and I’m trying to grow in a pot here in Spain, because now is winter…..another great idea…..

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  8. beemerbunny says:

    Also for those not familiar with cooking mirlitons, after boiling but before peeling, cut in half longways and remove and discard the large seed and stringy flesh inside that comes from the stem. Then peel and cut soft flesh into cubes. If I were back home in Louisiana, I would have this beautiful squash growing on a vine in my backyard. It’s just that good! Bon Appetit!

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