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Eso Fafao - Baked Stuffed Papaya

Eso Fafao - Baked Stuffed Papaya

Looking for a fun alternative to stuffed green peppers? Papayas are stuffed with ground beef and baked in this Samoan specialty.


2 green papayas
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cooking oil, as needed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Halve papayas, cut off hard stem ends; scoop out and discard seeds.

Combine beef with remaining ingredients except salt, pepper, and oil. Stuff papaya with beef mixture. Rub papaya with a little oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.

Arrange papayas, stuffed side up, in a baking pan. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes longer.

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