Classic homemade yucca fries that are seriously addictive. This crowd pleaser is native throughout the Caribbean, including parts of Latin America.
Cassava can replace potatoes in many dishes and can be prepared in similar ways – it can be boiled, mashed, fried or baked. They are known as the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize. It is either sweet or bitter.
Yuca is great for teeth and bone structure. It is loaded with minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. These are the components to help maintain bone density and fortifying the teeth.
YUCCA VS. YUCA
We often confuse yucca with yuca. However, there are some key differences between the two.
- Yucca: This is a plant that’s most often used as an ornamental plant. It is also commonly found in the dry climate, primarily of New Mexico. It about 40-50 different shrubs.
- Yuca: More commonly known as cassava or manioc. Despite its similar name to Yucca, Yuca is a tuber native to Latin America and the Caribbean. It is very much similar to potato. It is loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.
- The manganese found in yuca is needed to fortify and help build connective tissues around the bones and teeth. In addition to restricting the bones and teeth density, it is also good to help ease inflammation and musculoskeletal health.
How To Clean & Cut
You should always peel yuca / cassava before frying or cooking them. Just like yams, these root vegetables are not mean to be cooked unpeeled.
Simply take your knife, make a small slit, and use the knife to help you peel the skin off the vegetable.
Here’s how to prepare them for frying: Start with by placing one cup of water in a large bowl. Peel and cut the yuca into even size batons, then place the batons in the bowl of water. Set aside.
Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Next, drain the yuca batons from the water bowl, and add them to the boiling water. Boil for 5 minutes. Drain after 5 minutes.
At this point you may season your yucca fries before frying them or you may fry them as is and season them later.
Next, heat the oil (1 quart) to 350 degrees. Carefully transfer the fries to the oil and fry for 5-8 minutes.
Place the fries in a paper towel plate, season as desired.
Is cassava or yucca part of the paleo diet?
Yes, cassava is part of the paleo diet as it is fat-free. And because it is not a potato, and it is a rooted vegetable, it is part of the paleo diet. However, I do encourage you to do some research of your own or consult with your doctor.
- Slice the ends of the yuca. Then cut in half for better handling. Using a paring knife, slice the skin and use the knife to help peel the skin. If using your fingers, be very careful as it might get stuck underneath your nails.
- Once the skin is removed, slice the yuca as uniformly as possible. This will ensure that they all cook evenly.
- Best to use fresh ingredients as much as possible. The flavors of the fresh herbs and spices are what make the dish taste so amazing!
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Classic Yucca Fries
- Deep fryer
Fried Yucca Fries
- 1 ½ lbs. Cassava / Yuca
- 1 Qt. Vegetable Oil For Frying
- Start with by placing one cup of water in a large bowl. Peel and cut the yuca into even size batons, then place the batons in the bowl of water. Set aside.Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Next, drain the yuca batons from the water bowl, and add them to the boiling water. Boil for 5 minutes. Drain after 5 minutes.
- At this point you may season your yucca fries before frying them or you may fry them as is and season them later.Next, heat the oil (1 quart) to 350 degrees. Carefully transfer the fries to the oil and fry for 5-8 minutes.
- Season as desired after frying.
- These fries are best enjoyed warm.
- If you are using fresh yucca to make the fried yucca fries, be sure to peel it properly, cut it into the desired size and cook it in a boiling water for about 5 minutes before frying. This method prevents them from being hard.