Eso Fafao - Baked Stuffed Papaya

Photo Credit: Autumn Mist

A Samoan specialty!!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

* 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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