I love yuca, also called cassava, which is a vegetable commonly found in Colombian cuisine. This is a fantastic dish to have as a snack. I love serving this for parties or for a movie-time snack. It’s also a wonderful alternative to potatoes. My husband and kids absolutely loved these Cassava Balls dusted with sugar and cinnamon powder.
(About 20 small balls)
Vegetable or canola oil for frying
1 tablespoon of salt
2 pounds of frozen or fresh yuca (cassava)
2 cups of sugar
1. Place the yuca,1/2 tablespoon of salt, and water in a large pot. Cook over medium heat until the yuca is soft and tender. Drain the yuca and discard the water.
2. Using a potato masher or food processor. Mash the yuca and mix with the remaining salt.
3. Form small balls with the mashed yuca using your hands and place on a plate.
4. Fill a large skillet with oil, deep enough to cover an entire ball and heat over medium-high heat.
5. Carefully add the yuca balls to the oil and fry them for about 2 to 4 minutes or until golden on all sides, turning over once about halfway through.
6. Remove from the oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the oil. Sprinkle with the sugar, and cinnamon if using, while warm.