- Olive oil1/4 Cup
- Butter1/2 Cup
- Onions1 CupChopped
- Celery1 CupChopped
- Bell Peppers1/2 CupRed and Yellow
- Garlic2 TeaspoonsMinced
- Shrimp2 CupsPeeled, Deveined and chopped in chunks
- Crabmeat1 CupClaw or white
- Chicken Stock or Shrimp stock2 Quarts
- Half and Half2 Cups
- Salt1/2 Teaspoon
- Black pepper1 Teaspoon
- Cayenne Pepper1 Teaspoon
- Flour2 Tablespoons
- Corn Starch2 TeaspoonsDissolve in cold broth
During the holidays in New Orleans, merlitons are very plentiful and inexpensive. We can buy them 4@ $1.00, so some are used to make stuffed merlitons for Thanksgiving and then enough to make a Cream of merliton soup during the holidays. If you can’t find merlitons where you live, Merliton is labeled as chayote in some supermarkets.
In a large pot, add whole merlitons and enough water to cover and cover with a lid. Bring to a boil, and cook until fork-tender, about 45 minutes. Transfer merlitons to a colander, and let stand until cool enough to handle.
Remove and discard seeds and fibrous membranes from merlitons flesh as possible. Peel the outer skin and dice in small pieces and add to a large bowl. If you prefer, you can also mash some of them. I like a few chunks in my soup.
In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil and butter over low heat until melted. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and merliton; cook until onion is soft, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and shrimp; cook for 2 minutes until shrimp are pink. Stir in pepper, salt, cayenne. Add fl our, stirring well. Add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch into some of your cold broth and stir until dissolved. Pour in pot along with the rest of the broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer. Add half and half and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Once soup has simmered add crabmeat and fold into the soup. Turn the heat off and let sit awhile before serving.
Serves 12-15 depending on serving scoop