Stuffed Mirlitons (Vegetable Pear)

  • Yield : 8
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 40m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 1:10 h
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The popular mirliton (or vegetable pear, as it’s called) was often used to make seasoned pickles. This transition dish makes you appreciate mirlitons even more.


  • 4 large mirlitons
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 cup cooked chopped shrimp or 1 pound cooked bulk sausage drained or combine both
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs


Step 1

Cut the mirlitons in half lengthwise. Remove any seeds. Boil until tender. Scoop out the meat, reserving the shell for stuffing, and mash the meat of the pear.

Step 2

Sauté the onion and celery in oil until tender in a medium skillet.

Step 3

Add the mashed mirlitons, cooked shrimp (or sausage), 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, seasoned salt and cayenne pepper. Fill Shells.

Step 4

Cover with breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned.

This dish freezes well. Also, it can be served as a side or main dish.

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