Thanks to a nearby Korean market, Yuca root is readily available in my neighborhood. It looks like a giant waxy crossover between a potato and a coconut. However it's easy to peel, chop, and turn into tasty fries! Yuca is high in fiber, Vitamin C, and Potassium, so the recipe is a nutritionally dense way to satisfy a carbohydrate craving. Since every day of my life is one long carb craving, I've been making these a fair amount lately.
I did a bit of research about Yuca after I realized how much I like it. The main thing I learned is that if you add a second C to the word you end up researching a perennial tree that would definitely not be delicious in fry form. I also learned that Yuca, when dried and ground, is tapioca. So I use it all the time in my kitchen and just never made the connection. Yuca is also known as Cassava, or Manioc. This concludes the 'What I learned about Yuca on the Internet' portion of this blog entry.
So, hopefully you can find Yuca near you, because this recipe is worth a try. I have been using their high potassium content as an excuse to eat them post long run--I'm warding off cramps, dammit! Below I have included a photo of Yuca in it's various forms. The whole root, peeled, what the peel looks like, and then how it looks chopped into sticks. It kind of looks like a parsnip once it's peeled and chopped. I know that it looks intimidating to work with, but it's actually really easy. And the recipe itself couldn't be more simple--boil, toss in oil & spices, bake. I have baked the recipe below in both olive oil and coconut oil--both work, and you could easily substitute avocado oil. Let me know how this goes for you!
Serves 2-4 as a side--recipe is easy to modify depending on how many people you're serving
Medium Quick, Easy Prep
What You Need:
One Small Yuca Root, Peeled & Chopped into sticks
Tbsp coconut oil, melted
Tbsp lime juice
Salt & Pepper for sprinkling
Cayenne for sprinkling (I used WAY too much and these were super spicy. We had clear sinuses, though!)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
Parboil your Yuca fries in a pot in boiling water. They should be tender enough to pierce with a knife, but not so tender that they are mushy, so keep an eye on them!
Drain your Yuca fries in a colander. In a bowl carefully mix them with the oil and the lime juice so they are all evenly coated.
Arrange your fries on a baking tray and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Cayenne, just like the image below.
Bake for 15-20 minutes
Take the fries out of the oven and flip them. Sprinkle this new side with salt, pepper & cayenne, also
Bake for another 15-20 minutes
Super easy, right? These are great with any number of condiments but we've just been eating them plain.