We talk a lot about plantains around here but not so much about yuca (cassava). And that’s just not fair because our cassava strips are just as popular as our plantain strips and we love cooking with cassava as well. As we wrote in an earlier post, yuca is a nutritious root vegetable free of nightshades. It’s versatile and can be used in many recipes as a substitute for potatoes. Cassava flour is also wonderful to make baked goods, from bread to cookies. Here are five recipes we think you’ll love.
Baked Yuca Fries With Grilled Banana Ketchup
If you haven’t tried them, yuca fries are delicious. They’re popular in parts of Central and South America and are a good alternative to regular French fries. This baked yuca fries recipe from Spook Fork Bacon had us drooling just from looking at the pictures. They’re baked and we love that she paired them with homemade ketchup.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
These chocolate chip cookies by Otto’s Naturals aren’t made with the yuca root itself but with Otto’s Cassava Flour. They’re a delicious treat for anyone who can’t eat grains.
Boiled Yuca With Mojo
Perhaps the easiest way to cook yuca is to boil it. You can then just add a little olive oil or butter and salt and enjoy. For an extra boost of flavor, however, try it with mojo like in this Chris Kesser recipe. This traditional Cuban sauce adds a garlicky, citrusy punch to the cassava.
Mofongo is a traditional Puerto Rican dish prepared by mashing green plantains with garlic, oil and usually pork cracklins. This version from Paleo Mom is easy to make and, as she writes in her recipe, it’s a great sub for mashed potatoes.
Predominantly Paleo does it again with her recipe for paleo empanadas. She uses cassava to make a dough for the empanadas and fills them with ground beef.
Have a favorite yuca or plantain recipe? We’d love for you to share.