Yucca Fries with Mojo Sauce - MarilynALaRose

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

kosher salt

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, jalapeƱo, 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!!

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