I thought I would trick you into reading this one. It’s not so much tricking as it is deceiving. The truth is, yuca (cassava in English) is the potato for many Latin Americans. Both are tubers. They have similar textures, although yuca is more fibrous. And they could probably be swapped out in most dishes.
Today I’m going to share with you two variations in the way we prepare yuca throughout Latin America. First, let me redirect you to a post from months ago. It walks you through the process of choosing, peeling and cooking yuca. Once you have that part done, then you can move on to one of these methods. Yuca con mojo is essentially a garlicky plate of yuca. Mojo is Latin-Caribbean sauce/dressing that is spooned over foods in Cuba and Puerto Rico, especially. The other variation would be Yuca Fries with Spicy Mayo-Ketchup dipping sauce. No real recipes here, just a bit of this and a pinch of that.
Yuca con Mojo
1 lb yuca, cooked and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp garlic puree
Juice of 1 lime
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
Keep the yuca warm or prepare the mojo while the yuca cooks. Heat up the olive oil in a small pan over medium temperature and add the minced garlic, make sure to stir it constantly to avoid burning it. Once that garlic softens, add the garlic puree and lime juice. Stir until well blended and cook for about 5 minutes over medium low temperature. Add half of the parsley and season with salt. Remove it from the heat.
Drizzle over the warm yuca and serve with another sprinkling of parsley. YUM!
Yuca Fries with Spicy Mayo-Ketchup
1 lb yuca, parboiled and cut into thick fries
Vegetable oil for frying
1 cup real mayonnaise
1/4 cup Ketchup
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 tsps habanero pepper hot sauce
1 tsp sugar
Fry the yuca in enough oil to cover them, make sure the yuca has had a chance to cool before frying. It will take about 5 minutes to fry them to a golden brown. In the meantime, combine the rest of the ingredients and whisk them together. Check the seasoning and add a bit of salt IF necessary. Don’t forget you’ll salt the yuca after it has fried.
Serve as dipping sauce for the fries. By the way, both of these sauces/dips go incredibly well with potatoes and plantains. You can see more hunger-inducing shots here. Pay me a visit at Chef It Yourself.