Papas Fritas de Yuca con Aioli de Cilantro
Yucca Fries with Cilantro Aioli! First let’s just say YUM! Second, it’s a great alternative to regular potato fries! Yucca fries are creamier and sweeter than your average potato fries. You can enjoy this dish as a snack, side dish or as an appetizer. Serving these Yucca Fries with Cilantro Aioli makes these fries mouth-watering every single time! And oh it’s such a simple dish to make and did I forget to say a healthy alternative to fries! Oh wait did I forget to also say they are so very super delicious! No, no I know I didn’t forget that!
Yucca, yuca or also known as “cassava” is a food commonly served in North America, South America, Central America, Africa and Asia. It is a common staple food served in a variety of ways. Yucca is served boiled, fried, baked and even grilled seasoned with an array of condiments. Ranging from simple ingredients such as salt, pepper and olive oil to chili powder and even chutney.
I have cooked yucca in all forms and I can honestly say I enjoy them all. Cooked in all ways they have their own unique taste. Being born a latina girl, with latin culture all around me, I have had my own indulgence in each. As I said before, yucca is also commonly served in Africa and Asia so not to say that this wonderful food is only experienced in the Latin/Hispanic culture but we too often cook an array of different starchy roots.
Yucca, comes from the Euphorbiaceae family. It is the root of the plant. The root grows long and tubular with a rough brown exterior. The flesh inside is white. It must be boiled before it can be enjoyed in any of the ways I previously mentioned, which is also the perfect time to remove the woody sprig located in the center of the root. This part is quite tough and rather unpleasant to chew through.
In my opinion what makes this Mexican Appetizer or snack is the Cilantro Aioli. Don’t get me wrong these fries are quite delicious on their own but this “so simple to make vinaigrette” is so delicious, you will always surely make it when serving these yucca fries.
You can also serve these yucca fries to the kiddos. Serve them with ketchup and they will love them!
Recipe below ↓
Yucca before peeled
After it’s peeled
Yucca Fries with Cilantro Aioli
- 2 Pounds yucca (peeled and cut roots in half)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- vegetable oil (for frying)
- Handful of cilantro
- 1 cup olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves (peeled)
- salt (to taste)
|Add a cup of olive to a blender or chopper, with peeled garlic and cilantro. Blend for a few seconds until smooth. Add salt to taste.|
|Peel yucca with a vegetable peeler until waxy bark skin is removed. Rinse under cool water and cut yucca in half. Fill a pot with water and boil yucca over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until fork tender. Strain yucca and water through a strainer. Let cool for a few minutes so it's not to hot to handle. Cut yucca in half once again and remove woody sprig from center. This woody sprig is tough to chew through so its best to remove it at this point. Cut yucca into slices and then into fry shapes.|
|In a small bowl, mix the salt, cayenne pepper, paprika and black pepper. Set aside.|
|Add vegetable oil to a heavy duty pot such as a cast iron skillet and heat oil over medium heat. When oil reaches 350 degress F. add yucca fries in batches and cook until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Continue cooking until all are done.|
|With your fingers tips, generously sprinkle hot yucca fries with the salt, pepper, cayenne and paprika seasoning (don't forget to wash your hands!). Serve on a platter with cilantro aioli or even ketchup for the kiddos! Note: You can also serve as a side dish to chicken, beef or fish. Enjoy!|
|Note: Some of the yucca fries may still have the woody fiberous string that you may want to remove went eating since it can be tough.|