French fries becoming too basic? Try yuca fries the perfect vegetable to fry or bake!
2-3 pounds Yucca or Cassava
2-3 tablespoons sugar optional
pinch of salt
Cooking spray or canola oil
2-3 garlic bulbs 1 cup Mayonaise 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley or cilantro 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot sauce optional Olive oil as needed Salt and pepper to taste
Cut of both ends of cassava and then cut them in 2 or 3 depending on the length of the Yucca
Make a shallow cut into the skin of the cassava and gradually work your knife under the layer of the cassava to remove the skin.
Cut them into desired shapes, rinse cassava and place in a pot with salt, sugar and water, just enough to barely engulf the cassava.
Bring to a boil and cook on medium heat until fork tender. Do not overcook the cassava. Drain the water from the cooked cassava.
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place the cassava in a single layer.
Sprinkle with garlic and parsley and coat the cassava with cooking spray or oil
Bake in a 425-degree oven for minutes for 20 minutes or until slightly brown, turning once.
Heat up a large skillet or cast iron with oil up to ½ inch- medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Fry the yucca fries in batches, turning once, until golden brown, about 5 minutes or more Do not overcrowd the pan (it will make the yucca to be soggy and absorb excess oil.Use a slotted spoon, transfer yucca and drain on paper towels.
Serve warm with hot sauce or aioli.
Garlic Aioli Sauce
Cut the top ¼" to ½" off of a whole head of garlic, so that each individual clove should be visible. Make sure every garlic clove is exposed.
Place the head of garlic on foil paper. Drizzle the top of the garlic with a bit of oil, about 1 teaspoon. Wrap it up and place it the oven to roast for about 30 minutes or more; it should be soft, fragrant, and golden. Let the garlic cool then squeeze individual cloves out of the skin.
Combine roast garlic, mayonnaise, lemon, salt, cilantro, pepper and hot sauce with a wooden spoon season with salt and pepper. Add olive oil as needed .Set aside.