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Mirliton and Shrimp Soup

Whether you call it a Mirliton or a Chayote, this classic Louisiana soup is sure to #FeedYourSoul.
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Mirliton and Shrimp Soup ©Louisiana Cookin'

A go-to fall soup when you're looking to mix up the staple diet of gumbo, gumbo and more gumbo. Enter Mirliton and Shrimp soup! This fresh, soul-warming soup filled with Louisiana seafood, all the flavors you love and is sure to please a crowd.

Ingredients:

  • 8 mirlitons*, halved
  • ¼ cup Louisiana pecan oil
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 pound small Louisiana shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons quick-mixing flour, such as Wondra
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half

Method of Preparation:

  1. To a large pot, add mirlitons and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until fork-tender, about 45 minutes. Transfer mirlitons to a colander, and let stand until cool enough to handle.
  2. Remove and discard seeds and fibrous membranes from mirlitons, and scoop out as much flesh as possible. Place flesh in a large bowl, and mash until smooth.
  3. In a large Dutch oven, heat pecan oil and butter over low heat until melted. Add onion, celery, and mirliton; cook until onion is soft, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and shrimp; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in peppers, salt, ginger, and basil. Add flour, stirring well.
  4. Stir in broth, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and add half-and-half. Serve immediately.

Makes 10 servings
Recipe by Katie Leithead, recipe and images courtesy of Louisiana Cookin'.
*Mirliton is labeled as chayote in some supermarkets.