Saffron Mashed Yuca

by Erica Dinho on August 15, 2009

Mashed YucaYuca is a staple in Colombia. It is definitely one of my favorite vegetables and I am always looking for ways to cook it. The saffron gives this recipe beautiful color and a delicious taste.



  • 1 pound frozen yuca or cassava
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Place the yuca in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat and simmer, covered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until fork tender.
  2. Heat the milk, cream, garlic and saffron in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Drain the yuca and remove ay fiber from the center. Mash and add the milk saffron mixture, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and serve.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Empar August 15, 2009 at 10:02 AM

No hace mucho tiempo que descubrí la yuca, y me gusta mucho.
Tendré que probar esta receta que tiene que estar muy buena.

Un beso.


2 Joan Nova August 15, 2009 at 6:01 PM

I like your experiments with yuca…I remember you also did a roasted version which intrigued me. This looks great too.


3 rebecca subbiah August 15, 2009 at 8:37 PM

yummy, cool that you can use frozen very rich good for my lil one LOL


4 Danielle August 16, 2009 at 12:20 AM

I just found out today that saffron is $11 for .5 g insane!!! I’ve never tried Yucca….your dish sounds really good. What does Yucca taste like?


5 Oysterculture August 16, 2009 at 9:10 AM

oh my, this looks lovely and a combination of two of my favorite flavors yuca and saffron!


6 justcooknyc August 16, 2009 at 9:39 AM

parmesan and saffron sound like great additions to this.


7 KennyT August 16, 2009 at 9:42 PM

This yuca with saffron looks so yummy!


8 Erica August 16, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


9 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie August 17, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Saffron sounds like a fantastic addition for both flavor & color of this gorgeous side dish!


10 Soma August 17, 2009 at 4:22 PM

wow what a beautiful color! if i did not read i would have thought this is a mango dessert with saffron. wonderful things combined together.


11 Juju August 19, 2009 at 9:14 AM

I made something just like this by accident the other day. It happened after I’d over boiled my yucca.

I like the saffron addition.


12 Erica August 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog!!!


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