Craving something salty? Also known as cassava, this versatile root vegetable is ready to be dipped and crunched. It’s widely grown all over Latin America and the Caribbean as a staple in many households. Here’s one way of many ways to cook yuca!
- 1-2 yuca roots
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
- Over high heat on the stove, boil about 8 cups of water with a pinch of salt.
- Preheat your oven to 425 °F.
- As the water boils, cut off the ends of yuca and peel off the thick layer of brown skin.
- Cut the yuca in half before slicing it into 1/2 inch thick “fries.”
- Place the yuca fries in the water as it begins to boil. Allow to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until just tender.
- Drain the fries and pat dry with paper towels. Toss the fries with oil and salt.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the yuca in a single layer with enough space in between. Use a second baking sheet if necessary.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes and turn over the fries during the middle of the cooking time.
- When the fries are golden brown and crispy, they are ready to go.
- Sprinkle with pepper fresh and serve right away. Pair with your favorite dip for added flavor!