Croquetas de Yuca (Cassava Croquettes)

by Erica Dinho on January 3, 2010

CroquetaThese delicious Croquetas de Yuca will work as an appetizer, snack or as part of a main course. I have a weakness for anything involving yuca or cassava. My mom always included yuca in her dishes and I loved it. I actually prefer yuca over potatoes however my sister, Catalina, hates yuca, so as usual, my poor mother had to contend with the different likes and dislikes of her three children at meal time.

These croquetas are a fantastic finger food and for Colombians, this is a great kind of appetizer as it enables us to dance and eat at the same time :) . I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but for Colombians, a party is not a party if we’re not dancing. Whether it’s morning, afternoon or night, if there is a party, we dance!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb yuca or cassava
  • Salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Croqueta de Yuca1

Directions

  1. Cook the yuca in a large pot with salted water over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Drain the yuca and remove any fibers from the center. Transfer to a large bowl and mash.
  3. Place the eggs in a bowl. Place the bread crumbs in another bowl.
  4. Form the croquetas using your hands. The shape should be as a small cylinder (see picture)
  5. Dip the formed croquetas into the beaten eggs covering all sides, and then cover them with bread crumbs.
  6. Fill a large skillet with oil and heat over medium-high heat to 350°F.
  7. Place the croquetas into heated oil and fry for 4 minutes or until brown on all sides, turning over once about halfway through.
  8. Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with lime wedges and salsa rosada or your favorite dipping sauce.
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1 anncoo January 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Looks so yummy and very nice presentation too!

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2 Sandra g January 3, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Hola! yuca is my favorite root vegetable too, can’t wait to try this one, yummy!

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3 Chef E January 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM

I have had them mashed, oh how they sound divine in this form…I am in a poetic mood today, so they may end up in verse, and on my radio spot!

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4 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best January 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I love yuca! I like the starchiness and versatility of this root, and it’s just tasty. This looks like a yummy recipe!

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5 Erica January 3, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Thank you guys for visiting my blog!

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6 Nora January 3, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Yum! I love croquetas and I love yuca but I’ve never had them in combination. It sounds like such a great idea, I’m definitely going to have to make these.
And a happy new year to you too, Erica! Hope you had a fantastic celebration – with lots of dancing. :D

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7 Sophie January 3, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Tus croquetas me encantan mucho, Erica!!

MMMMMM,…muy especial!!

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8 Chris January 3, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Those look so good and I don’t even know what yuca tastes like! I’m going to try it just so I’ll know.

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9 Joanne January 4, 2010 at 7:15 AM

I have a total weakness for yuca as well! It is one of my favorite starches. This looks like a great way to prepare it!

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10 Erica January 4, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Thank you everyone for the comments!

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11 Joan Nova January 4, 2010 at 10:10 AM

The squeeze of lime takes it to another taste level. Love it.

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12 Faith January 4, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Pretty pictures! I really enjoy yuca and this sounds like the perfect party food!

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13 Empar January 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Me quedo con la receta, porque esas croquetas tienen que estar divinas.
Un beso.

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14 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 4, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I love yucca fries – it is the only way I have ever had yucca – but these croquettes look really yummy! One of my best friends is Colombian, and it is true, every time I have been to her house for a gathering – there is always dancing! :)

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15 Erica January 4, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I truly appreciate it!

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16 monicajane January 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I’ve never cooked with yuca or cassava…a whole new world to delve into!

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17 grace January 4, 2010 at 6:47 PM

i don’t think i’ll ever pass up anything fried, so although i don’t know much about yuca, i’m pretty sure i’d love these–thanks for the introduction to something new to try!

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18 Michelle January 4, 2010 at 8:03 PM

I like Yucca and slice it up and fry it like French Fries and we love it.

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19 Erin from Long Island January 5, 2010 at 2:22 AM

there are no words for how much I love yuca! I can’t wait to try it this way

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20 Noni January 5, 2010 at 9:29 AM

They look so delicious! I cannot wait to prepare some of these for my family.

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21 Erica January 5, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Thank you guys!

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22 Oysterculture January 5, 2010 at 11:27 PM

OK, I see that I need to start putting together an extensive shopping list. This shall go well with the other dishes you recently featured.

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23 Madison January 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

how many croquetas does this recipe make?

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