Yucan’t Resist These Home Fries



~*~ YUCA HOME FRIES  ~*~   

Yuca is super versatile and satisfies those fierce carb cravings. Once boiled and softened, you can prepare it as you would any potato. Have it mashed, baked, or browned to a crisp as in these home fries. Have them with scramble eggs, fish, burgers, heck even salad cuz why not? 


2 yuca (cassava) roots

1/2 cup neutral cooking oil (I used canola oil)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt & pepper to taste



Artist: Rhythms Del Mundo

Album: Rhythms Del Mundo Cuba 





With a SHARP knife, cut each root in half, crosswise. Then cut off the ends.



Shave away the tough brown and purple skin until the root is completely white.



 Look for dark streaks running through the white flesh and cut them out with your knife—they weaken its flavor.



Now cut the yuca into 1-inch rounds.



Cut each round in half and remove the (not-so-tasty) fibrous vein by making a v-shaped incision.



Cut into smaller, bite-sized.



Add yuca pieces to a medium pot. Cover with 1-inch water and add 1 Tbs salt. Boil over medium-high heat until pale yellow and mushy, about 40 minutes—I know, long…but totally worth the wait. 

*NOTE* Stir every 10 minutes so the yuca pieces don’t stick and burn at the bottom.


3. FRY

Set aside some paper towels on a nearby plate. Strain the yuca. Let cool, then thoroughly pat dry—soggy yuca won’t cook well. 

Add oil and unsalted butter to a skillet (or pot to avoid splattering) then bring to medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add in the yuca pieces one by one; avoid overcrowding.

Stir the pieces until crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes. As the pieces are done, remove the fried yuca and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining yuca.



Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Serve with sour cream, chopped cilantro, lime juice, and ketchup.


Recipe adapted from:

Caribbean Pot

Serious Eats


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