Yucca, also known as Casava is a starchy tuber with thick waxy skin. You can find it fresh or frozen. It is high in calories, but low fat and a good source of vitamin C. I grew up eating it boiled then sauteed in lots and lots of garlic and onions along with olive oil.
Today I decided to try to make Yucca fries in the oven along with a Mojo mayonnaise sauce. All I can say is O M G they were delicious!!
2 large yucca root 6 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth (or one bag frozen)
4 medium garlic cloves divided
1 cup good-quality mayonnaise
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves and stems
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice plus extra lime wedges for garnish
1 medium jalapeno chile ends trimmed and seeded
1 teaspoon honey
Instructions - Preheat oven to 450
If not using frozen, peel the fresh yuca, split in half crosswise, and cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick batons. Immediately place in a pot and cover with broth and water then add garlic and a big pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook until tender and yuca is starting to fray, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well and pat dry.
Combine mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, and honey in a mini food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt if necessary. Set aside.
Cut the drained fries and spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment baking paper. Drizzle with oil. I used my Pampered Chef spray filled with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss together and redistribute fries into a single layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until fries are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
These are great as a snack or with a meal. Enjoy!!