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Usually I eat papaya plain, but the one I brought home the other day was so firm and big that it was just too perfect for stuffing. I had seen a recipe for baked stuffed papaya, but the filling was barely more than plain ground beef, and with the Spice House to help, I knew it could be so much more interesting!
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Peel the papaya, cut it in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Place in a 9 x 11 baking dish and coat with oil. Dice the onion and mince the garlic or put it through a press. Combine onion, garlic, ground beef, and spices and mix thoroughly. Brown the beef well in a 10" skillet over medium heat, then drain any fat. Spoon the meat mixture into the hollows of the papaya, then bake for 20 minutes.
I haven't had a chance to try this out yet, but I'm willing to bet this Caribbean spice mixture would make for one mean hamburger on the grill.
This recipe was provided by Joanna from Nashua.