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Old 09-14-2008, 08:54 AM   #61
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I agree.. great ideas for a base then we can tweak them for us low carbers....
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:58 AM   #62
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I'm making this now. VERY curious to see how it turns out. I only bought 2 chayotes so it will not be this large of a recipe but if I like it I'll go buy more. I've been craving this since I read the recipe last week.

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2 pounds chayotes
Butter
1/2 pound cooked ham, chopped
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 pound jack cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
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Cook chayotes in boiling water until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on size.

Peel and cut in half and discard seeds. Cut in slices. Grease a casserole with butter and arrange alternate layers of chayotes and ham, salt and pepper, cream and cheese and ending with cheese. Dot with butter. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees until browned.

This recipe from CDKitchen for Baked Chayotes serves/makes 4
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:33 AM   #63
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I am also making chayote for dinner. I am adding them to my pork shoulder stew.
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:15 PM   #64
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I'm making this now. VERY curious to see how it turns out. I only bought 2 chayotes so it will not be this large of a recipe but if I like it I'll go buy more. I've been craving this since I read the recipe last week.
Did not like it!
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:00 PM   #65
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ok so can you eat them raw?

I love chicken waldorf salad, and I think this might be a good sub..
If I can find them I may even add them to my chicken soup!
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:10 PM   #66
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Did not like it!
AllieCat, Sorry you did not like it. Maybe it was that recipe
or maybe it might be an acquired taste.
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Old 09-14-2008, 02:17 PM   #67
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Allie...was it the receipe you didn't like or was it the taste of the chayotes? Just wondering, as I have chayotes boiling to make the same receipe.

I did make Linda's fried apples the other the day and they were delicious. I topped it with some of my strawberry smoothie.
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Old 09-14-2008, 02:56 PM   #68
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just bought 3

.99 a lb here .. like .50 each.

Gotta hear what Allie has to say!!!!!
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:14 PM   #69
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Well I made the casserole receipe. It's sorta like scalloped potatoes, but a little on the sweet side. I'd make it again. At the same time, i made a double batch of fried apples. Will have some tonight with a dollop of heavy cream.

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Old 09-14-2008, 06:29 PM   #70
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Allie...was it the receipe you didn't like or was it the taste of the chayotes? Just wondering, as I have chayotes boiling to make the same receipe.

I did make Linda's fried apples the other the day and they were delicious. I topped it with some of my strawberry smoothie.
I used two chayotes. I think one tasted good and the other was nasty. But I had boiled them then peeled them then diced them and mixed them together.. so the nasty one was mixed with the good one. I give up for now... but I still wanna deep fry some
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:12 AM   #71
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Such an interesting thread! I've used them in the past, but never realized their versatility. Would like to try them first as fried "apples", then try something else, like as mock potato chips, or in a casserole.

Thanks for recipes and ideas.
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:12 AM   #72
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The drink mix is by 4c, it should be in the part of the store where they sell koolaid and "drink sticks" for water battles.

I'm glad this was clarified.... I bought my chayote last night and was ready to fry it with 4 c. (I read it as cups) of apple cider mix. I'm glad I double checked!
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:08 AM   #73
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I bought two tonight, will try soon. They are on sale at Food4Less grocery stores, if one is near you. They are on sale for only 49 cents! That's a great price for experimenting too.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:12 AM   #74
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Here in the Philippines it's usually sauteed with garlic, onion, and ground pork, and I think tomato, but not too sure about that one.
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I just tried cooking the chayote and they don't have any taste so what ever. It takes on the on that flavor of what you put with it. The Mexican fellow at my store said he like to chop it up unpeeled and adds red onion, olive oil, and seasonings, salt and pepper. Like making a saulsa. sp

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Chipotle Puree and Chayote Slaw

Recipe Courtesy of Ming Tsai
CHIPOTLE PUREE
1/2 cup canola oil plus additional for cooking
1 red onion, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo
2 limes, juiced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon minced sage
Salt and black pepper to taste

In a skillet coated lightly with oil, brown the onions and season. Add the juice, chipotles, sugar and sage. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes then transfer to a blender. Blend on high speed and drizzle in the oil. Check for seasoning.

CHAYOTE SLAW
1 lemon, juiced
2 limes, juiced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or sunflower)
3 peeled chayote, julienned
1 tablespoon chopped chives
Salt and black pepper to taste

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the juices and mustard. Whisk in oil and season. Toss with chayote and chives. Season with salt and pepper.. This should be done 10 minutes prior to serving.

PLATING On a plate, slice open tamale, and push open. Ladle on some short ribs and top with slaw. Drizzle sauce around.

Drink Recommendations Rombauer, Merlot, Napa Valley, 1996 Domaine des Aubuisieres, Vouvray, 1998 Shanghai Beer


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Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
User Rating: 5 Stars

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Old 09-16-2008, 09:41 AM   #76
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KOO - thanks for clarifying - I thought it looked like a merliton! As you mentioned about merliton dressing, although I'm from south Louisiana, I've never tried it. Didn't seem too appetizing. But I may try some of these other recipes.

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Old 09-16-2008, 01:36 PM   #77
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I've tried cooking it in many different recipes, and I only like it when it's sweet, like apples. Mixed with salty or savory things just doesn't taste right to me.
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:38 PM   #78
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I still want some FRIED, with KETCHUP. as long as it doesn't taste like that funky one I had the other day.
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:15 PM   #79
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I still want some FRIED, with KETCHUP. as long as it doesn't taste like that funky one I had the other day.
Do you guys think this chayote texture & taste is similar to jicama? I looove jicama...it's so crunchy. Very similar in texture to an apple, but not sweet like that.

I brought it up b/c if you're looking for a french fry type thing, with ketchup, I have a recipe for jicama matchstick fries, from George Stella's cookbook. Lemme know if you want me to post it.
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I tried it tonight fried with ketchup. Not a potato substitute at all. Jicama is 1000 times better for this. It tasted more like zucchini to me, pretty watery.

I think it would be great in soups or for the apples, the texture is good for that. Other than that and the fact that it is low in carbs, it's not my favorite weird veggie.

Glad I tried it though!
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I brought it up b/c if you're looking for a french fry type thing, with ketchup, I have a recipe for jicama matchstick fries, from George Stella's cookbook. Lemme know if you want me to post it.
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Jicama Fries

Here's the recipe:

(I haven't made it yet, so I can't vouch for how good [or bad] it is. I'm gonna make it this week, I think.)

Jicama Matchstick Fries

(From George Stella's Livin' Low Carb)

3 to 6 cups vegetable oil (more or less depending on pot size)
1 medium jicama, peeled
Salt
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Paprika

1. Place a deep, heavy pot over medium-high heat and fill with at least 1 inch veg oil. Heat the oil to 350 degrees (portable deep fryers are great for this, but if you don't have one, use a candy thermometer--just be careful!)

2. Very thinly slice the jicama, as you would a potato to make chips, then stack a few slices at a time and cut them all into matchstick-sized pieces.

3. Carefully place the chips into the hot oil (use a slotted spoon and wear oven mitts) and fry until very crispy (just a few minutes will do). Cook in batches as necssary. Remove and drain on paper towels.

4. Sprinkle liberally with equal amounts of salt, onion and garlic powders, and paprika, or to taste. Toss to coat well and serve immediately.

Helpful hint: Cut the jicama into medium-size chunks to make home fries in place of potatoes!

Yield:
4 servings
2.5g carbs/serving


Okay, it's me again -- this is probably easiest with a deep fryer, but it sounds like you can make it in a dutch oven, or any heavy pot, like the recipe says. If you make small batches, you probably don't need as much oil, either.
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mmmmmm, thanks for posting Goldenrod!

looks good EXCEPT for the vegetable oil.

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I wonder how this would be in making a hash? Mmmmm HASH !
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I asked Whole Foods to carry them and they ordered them for me and I had them within two days. Now I'm trying to decided how to cook them. Love reading all the different recipes.
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Would someone describe how/what chayote looks like. Thanks

I found it.
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They r about the size of an apple or pear... they are green and kinda shiny, and they have a butt.. Anywhere I see them they are individually wrapped in plastic bags
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They r about the size of an apple or pear... they are green and kinda shiny, and they have a butt.. Anywhere I see them they are individually wrapped in plastic bags
LOL @ your description "they have a butt"--I don't know if i wanna try that
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