Hmmm, it seems like my last few posts have been all about fried food. I say why stop now? Let's make YUCCA FRIES.
I have been able to find fresh yuca here in the summer, but more often than not, I find it in frozen packages. I am making my yuca frita from frozen, but I am placing a picture here of what it looks like fresh. If you find it fresh, you must first peal it and cut it into large chunks before boiling.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the yuca and boil until tender (when you can easily slide a fork into it). Strain the yuca and let cool on a paper towels to absord the moisture. Remove the woody center by slicing the cooled yuca vertically. Cut your yuca into thick strips.
While the yuca is cooling we will prepare a mojo.
To the juice of 2 limes (you can use lemons) add 2-4 cloves of pressed garlic and 1 tsp salt. Stir. Set aside.
Heat enough oil to deep fry your yuca strips. Fry the yuca in batches until they reach a golden brown. Place on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Hold in a warm oven while you fry the remaining batches.
You can now sprinkle the hot fried yuca with the mojo, or serve the mojo on the side for dipping.