Chayote is a gourd-like fruit similar to cucumbers, squash and melon. It is usually cooked like a summer squash, and sometimes less so to retain its crispness. Although most people are familiar only with the fruit as being edible, the root, stem, seeds and leaves are edible as well. If you plan on growing it, keep in mind that like other members of the gourd family, such as cucumbers, melons, and squash, chayote has a sprawling habit, and it should only be planted if there is plenty of room in the garden.
This hearty chayote recipe was shared with us by TV host and cooking expert Maggie Jimenez. Her ability to come up with healthy and easy-to-do recipes has established her as one of Hispanic Television’s most loved personalities.
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HAM & CHEESE STUFFED CHAYOTES
3 medium-sized chayotes
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 cup ham, diced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon Tabasco® Garlic Pepper Sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup Manchego cheese, grated
6 tablespoons bread crumbs