YES, REALLY!!! This is a recipe for Baked Stuffed Papayas.
Before I get into the recipe, please check out this link to a post on NOVEL ROCKET about a contest I won for Pineapples in Peril two years ago--be sure to scroll down until you see my name (linked to my website) and read about my experience!!
I love this recipe! There are a couple ingredients you may not like, so feel free to leave them out. You can also add things you enjoy—let me know your special “twist” to this recipe!
My additions to add the “twist” were the green pepper, black beans, chopped spinach and kale, and mushrooms.
I keep a container of spinach and kale in the freezer and chop it up with a wooden rice paddle (you can use a spatula.) I add it to many of my recipes like chili, soups, rice dishes, and spaghetti sauces.
Baked Stuffed Papayas
|Stuffed Papayas Before Baking|
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 jalapeño chile, finely chopped
½ green pepper, chopped
1 can black beans, drained
4 mushrooms, chopped
a couple Tablespoons of chopped spinach and kale
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
|Stuffed Papayas After Baking--Yum!!|
Cook and stir ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet until beef is light brown. Drain, stir in tomatoes, jalapeño and green peppers, black beans, mushrooms, spinach and kale, and seasonings.
Cut papayas lengthwise into halves and remove seeds. Place about 1/2 cup mixture into each papaya half. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Arrange in shallow roasting pan. Add very hot water to the pan—to about one inch from the tops of the papayas. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees about 30 minutes. Papayas should be very tender and hot.
Don’t forget! You can save the Papaya Seeds to make Papaya Seed Dressing, which is so wonderfully yummy. Check out the recipe on my Recipe Page!
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