Stuffed Papaya Recipe by Heghineh
An exotic yet simple stuffed papaya appetizer inspired by one of Hawaiian restaurants we dined at during our vacation.
To be honest, I never thought papaya can be used in salads or other food dishes, but after trying it with properly spiced and seasoned veggies, I can tell it’s a very universal fruit and tastes simply delicious as an appetizer. Not to mention it’s also a unique and original bowl for serving a small dish.
Original dish was made with seared beef tenderloin, and had fresh asparagus,which I didn’t really enjoy with that specific meal,it just didn’t combine with the rest of ingredients.
My version, since I’m not a big fan of beef in general, is with chicken breast filet , although shrimp or lobster meat would’ve completed this appetizer beautifully.
Getting to the simple recipe of chicken veggies stuffed papaya , try it and let me know what you think.
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Recipe will serve 2 people
1 ripe medium papaya , cut in half lengthwise
Half of a chicken breast filet
2-3 small cucumbers, sliced into circles
8 oz cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
1-2 tbs freshly chopped parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
3-4 tbs olive or avocado oil, divided , you’d use some for salad, the test for marinating the chicken
2-3 limes , for salad and for marinating the meat
Turmeric, cayenne, coriander for seasoning the meat
Salt, pepper to taste
Start by marinating the meat, the longer it marinates the better it will taste
Cut the meat into even stripes and place in a bowl
Add in the oil, seasonings and lime juice, set aside to marinate 30-45 minutes or longer
Using a panini maker or striped grip pan, grip the papaya until the brown stripes are marked on the fruit , set aside
In another bowl combine sliced veggies and herbs
Also prepare the dressing for salad with squeezed lime juice, oil, garlic , salt and pepper
Cook the chicken in a preheated skillet, until fully cooked
Pour the salad dressing over salad and toss to incorporate
Mix in the meat and toss again
Scoop the prepared salad into papaya bowls
Optionally, you can sprinkle the salad with toasted, chopped macadamia nuts