Mirliton Casserole

Mirliton Casserole

6 ((8 oz)) mirlitons (chayotes)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 pound cooked, cubed ham
1 egg
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs for topping (optional)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add mirliton, and boil until tender,
about 45 minutes. Drain, cool, and peel. Cut in half, remove seeds, and cut
into cubes. When the mirliton are almost done, bring another pot of water
to a boil. Add shrimp, and cook for about 5 minutes, until pink. Drain
shrimp, reserving the water for later. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F
(120 degrees C).

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry onion and
garlic in the oil until soft.

Transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish. Add the shrimp, ham, and cubed
mirliton. Beat the egg in a small dish with a tablespoon of the water from
the shrimp; pour into the baking dish. Mix in the bread crumbs, parsley,
thyme, salt and pepper until evenly blended. If it seems a little dry, add a
little more water from the shrimp. You have the choice to freeze,
refrigerate, or bake at this point.

Sprinkle some more breadcrumbs on top if desired.

Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown
on top.