Mirlitons, also called "vegetable pear" or "chayote squash", grow wild in Louisiana. If you have a mirliton plant in your backyard, you'll end up besieging all of your family and friends to help take some of the mirlitons off your hands; they produce copious quantities. Mirlitons have a very mild flavor, but when combined with shrimp and ham in this dish, they come to life. Locally pronouced something along the lines of <MEL-lee-tawns>.
And I'll have the recipe as soon as I coax it out of my grandmother.
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