Baked Chayote Squash
Cheesy, custardy stuffed squash with bread crumbs on top. This dish is great as a side with beans, meat, and rice, Central American-style.
- 4 chayote squash, cut in half
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (such as Kerrygold®)
- 1 egg, beaten
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 ¼ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- ½ cup dry bread crumbs
- 1. Place the chayote into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until very tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
- 2. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- 3. Remove the seed and seed membrane from the chayote using a spoon; discard. Scoop out as much of the remaining pulp as possible into a bowl without puncturing the shell. Pat the shell dry with a paper towel and place in a baking dish; set aside. Squeeze the excess water from the reserved pulp. Stir in the butter, egg, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese until well-blended. Fill each of the chayote shells with the pulp/cheese mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese on top, followed by the bread crumbs.
- 4. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through and the cheese has melted, 35 to 45 minutes.
serving: 4 servings
calories: 377.3 kcal
carbohydrates: 21.3 g
protein: 16.7 g
saturated fat: 15.2 g
cholesterol: 120.4 mg
sodium: 466 mg
fiber: 6.3 g
sugar: 1.2 g