Chef John Folse’s Cookbook: Mirliton, Shrimp & Corn Bread Dressing

This side dish is perfect for your holiday spread.


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There are as many unique styles of stuffing and dressing as there are cooks. The combination of mirliton, or chayote squash as some may call it, with seafood is a great example of one such holiday side dish.

Prep Time: 1½ Hours

Yields: 10–12 Servings


6 mirlitons, peeled, seeded and 1/4 –inch diced

2 pounds (70–90 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined

5 cups cooked corn bread, crumbled and divided

1 quart chicken stock

¼ pound butter

1 cup diced onions

¾ cup diced celery

½ cup minced green bell peppers

½ cup minced red bell peppers

½ cup minced yellow bell peppers

12 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced

1 tbsp rubbed sage

2 tbsps chopped basil

½ cup thinly sliced green onions

¼ cup chopped parsley

salt and black pepper to taste

granulated garlic to taste

4 eggs

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 cups reserved stock



Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large stockpot, bring chicken stock to a low boil. Add diced mirlitons and simmer until fork-tender, approximately 30 minutes. Remove from heat, strain and set aside, reserving stock. Mash mirlitons to a coarse consistency and keep warm. In a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, bell peppers and sliced garlic then sauté until vegetables are wilted, 5–7 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until pink and curled. Add sage, basil and mashed mirlitons and blend well into the shrimp mixture. Cook until shrimp cooking liquid is reduced by half. Add green onions and parsley, blending well. Season mixture lightly with salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Simmer mixture 15–20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove ingredients from pot and place into a large mixing bowl. Gently stir in 3 cups of the corn bread to absorb liquid. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and heavy whipping cream. Slowly blend egg mixture into the stuffing, stirring well. Add remaining 2 cups of corn bread. Additional stock may be added to retain moisture should the mixture become too dense during blending. Adjust seasonings if necessary using salt, pepper and granulated garlic. When ready to cook, place mixture in a 9” x 13” x 2” baking pan, cover with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook until lightly browned on top.

Recipe courtesy of Chef John Folse

Created in partnership with Orleans Coffee