Hi everyone I’m Lyndsey and this is my first contribution to Our Krazy Kitchen. I would like to thank Martha (Seaside Simplicity) for thinking of me and inviting me to share with this amazing group of people. Also Our Krazy Kitchen for wanting to include me. I am a home cook who really enjoys food and cooking. I used to be a travel agent and the best part of my job was trying all the local food. So I would like to share some of my discoveries and food finds, that might bring a little cultural connections.
Living in Florida we have a large amount of us that are from somewhere else. It also makes it easy to find many ethnic food right in our supermarkets. There are a lot of Caribbean influence, which is where you will find yuca on the menu. Yucca (also known as manioc or cassava), is a white, starchy tropical vegetable that is widely grown and consumed in Africa, Asia, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean.
Yuca, this root’s name is pronounced “yoo-ka,” can be used a lot like potatoes, especially in stews. Since it is so fibrous it is usually boiled first before you sauté, fry or mash. This versatile root appears from soup to dessert. Today we are going to make some oven baked yuca fries.
You can buy it in the freezer section
or the fresh root, if you can find it.
It peels easily even though the skin looks like bark.
Cut it in smaller sections around 3″ in size. In a sauce pan cover with water and boil for 20-30 minutes until it is tender, the center will crack a little. You need to boil it even if you are going to deep fry the yuca fries. I find that the frozen yuca turns out just as well as the fresh root. It almost turns out more tender, and you don’t have to peel and cut it!
When you cut it you’ll see a fiber like on a banana after it’s peeled, but this one is hard.
You can see it in the center, just remove it. Then continue to cut into wedges.
Spread them out onto a baking sheet. I always use my stoneware bar pan, things brown up so well on that. Drizzle with a little oil and sprinkle with seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper. Bake in a 350F preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden, turn once or twice for browning.
I like to top mine with some nice finishing salt. Serve it with your favorite dipping sauce. Mayo and garlic chili sauce works well or Chipotle Mayonnaise, or whatever your hearts desire. Maybe a honey mango mustard! Actually they’re quite good on their own if you season them well. My family liked them I think they are worth a try.