Kabocha Squash Filled with Shrimp

A hollowed-out kabocha squash is filled with a creamy puree and shrimp in this Brazilian-inspired main dish with an impressive presentation.

Cut top off kabocha squash like a lid; reserve. Scoop out seeds and discard. Carve all but 1 inch of the flesh out of the squash. Microwave hollowed kabocha on medium power in 5-minute intervals...


Ingredients

  • 4 pounds kabocha (Japanese winter squash)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • water to cover
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup cream cheese

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