Baked stuffed papayas

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 each Medium Onion; chopped
1 each Clove garlic; finely chopped
1 pounds Ground Beef
1 each 16oz. can whole tomato;drain
1 each Jalapeno; finely chopped
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Pepper
4 eaches Papayas (about 12oz. each)
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese;grated

Cook and stir beef, onion, and garlic in 10-inch skillet over medium heat until beef is light brown. Drain; stir in tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, salt and pepper. Break up tomatoes with fork. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered, until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes. Cut papayas lengthwise into halves and remove seeds. Place aobut ⅓ cup beef mixture in each papaya half. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange in shallow roasting pan. Pour very hot water into pan to within 1 inch of tops of papaya halves.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees until papayas are very tender and hot, about 30 minutes. ** Recipe from Betty Crocker Regional and International Recipes.

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