Today, I feel that I have finally made my peace with Chayote.
Years ago, I had a torrid romance with chayote. It was during my last pregnancy. I craved nothing but chayote. Steamed chayote, raw chayote, fried chayote. I didn't care how it was prepared, all I knew was that I had to have it! My obsession with chayote grew as the months passed.
But fate had other plans. This morning, chayote showed up at my doorstep. Gone were the feelings of resentment, and in its place were feelings of hope. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with chayote. I wanted to savor it, breathe it in and simply revel in its deliciousness.
My recipe for Crema de Chayote (Cream of Chayote) was the perfect reconciliation.
Crema de Chayote
(Cream of Chayote Soup)
- 2 Chayotes, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup onion
- 1 sprig Cilantro
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
Gradually add the milk. Whisk until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook until milk mixture thickens slightly. Add chayote puree. Stir until well combined. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes.