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Old 11-09-2017, 07:59 AM   #1
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Cream of Chayote Soup

This recipe is from a skinny friend from Louisiana where chayotes are called mirlitons. She had no idea it was the perfect low carb soup - she bemoaned the calories because of the cream, bacon grease and bacon! It's very much like baked potato soup.


Cream of Chayote/Mirliton Soup

4 medium mirlitons (peeled, halved & cubed)
6 slices of bacon
1 large onion, chopped
4 shallots, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
5 chicken bouillion cubes (I use "Better than Bouillion" paste)
5 cups water
1 cup cream
salt & pepper to taste
Garnish with croutons for non-low carbers

In a large pot add cubed chayotes to the 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil and add chicken bouillion cubes. Cook until tender.
In a skillet fry the bacon until golden brown. Remove and crumble. Add garlic, shallots, parsley and onion to some of the bacon grease and saute until soft. Then add the skillet ingredients to the pot with the chayotes. Cook for 30-40 minutes. Remove from the heat for 5 minutes, then slowly stir in 1 cup of cream and simmer 5 minutes longer. Blend all but a small portion of the soup in blender if you want a little bit of texture or all if you want it smooth.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:49 AM   #2
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I sounds very good and I can get chayote pretty cheap here in Texas.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:06 AM   #3
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I've never had chayote before, although I've seen them frequently at our local farmer's market. Can you give me a general idea what it tastes like? What do you use them for, other than this soup? What is the texture like when cooked? Thanks!
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The soup sounds delicious.

Linda, at HEB this week they are 2/$1. At least in south Texas, they are.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:13 PM   #5
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I've never had chayote before, although I've seen them frequently at our local farmer's market. Can you give me a general idea what it tastes like? What do you use them for, other than this soup? What is the texture like when cooked? Thanks!
To me the taste is very neutral - maybe a little like zucchini? The texture, when cooked, is more like a turnip - a little watery. They take longer to cook than a potato - when eating them as a side dish with salt and butter I like to leave them a little bit firm. I've used them like apples by slicing them, sprinkling with sugar free apple cider mix and cinnamon and sauteing them in a skillet with butter. We lived in Mexico for 10 years and they were sold everywhere but I never remember seeing them on a menu so I'm not really sure what they use them for. One thing I will warn you about. I wear gloves when peeling them because they leave a film on your hands that is hard to remove and dries kinda' the way a woman's facial mask does. Really weird so to avoid scrapping the film off my hands I wear thin latex gloves when peeling them. My favorite part after cooking them is the little oval crunchy seed in the middle.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:07 PM   #6
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That's great information, Happy! Thank you for your thoughtful post for this chayote newbie. Sounds like the most promising application is as a dessert, in a pie, crisp or cobbler.

I saw you mention the sugar free apple drink mix that is discussed at length in an earlier post, from 2008. In that post, many complained that they can no longer find it. I googled the 4C stuff, and although Amazon carried it at one tim, apparently it's no longer available. I've never seen it here. Can anyone tell me where I might be able to purchase it? I'd love to use it in a mock apple pie for the holidays.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:14 PM   #7
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Walmart carries Alpine Spiced sugar free Apple Cider Instant Drink Mix. I can buy it in the store here or order it on-line to be delivered free to the store. I haven't checked here for Crystal Light but in Mexico their Crystal Light was called Clight and they had a green apple flavor that I used in place of the apple cider. You might check Crystal Light. Yep, I just checked and Amazon sells Jolly Rancher Green Apple sugar free drink mix. I actually liked the Green Apple better than the apple cider because it had a little tartness to it like an apple does.

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Old 11-10-2017, 04:51 PM   #8
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The soup sounds delicious.

Linda, at HEB this week they are 2/$1. At least in south Texas, they are.

Should have said LindaSue...oops
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I knew who you meant. Thanks.
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I still have some Mio Orchard Apple, and some Skinny Girl Fuji Apple drink mix. I'll hate to see them run out! Mio is still available online from Walmart, but it is pricey.
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