These cassava balls covered with sugar are a delicious dish. It can be serve as an appetizer, snack or dessert.
This Cassava balls covered with sugar are a popular recipe in Colombia. They can be form in different shapes, sometimes you can find them shaped like patties, rings or sticks. You can also mix powder cinnamon with the sugar to cover the balls if you like.
Bolitas de Yuca con Azúcar (Cassava Balls with Sugar)
- Vegetable or canola oil for frying
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 2 pounds of frozen or fresh yuca cassava
- 2 cups of sugar
- Powder cinnamon optional
- Place the yuca,½ 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.
- Using a potato masher or food processor. Mash the yuca and mix with the remaining salt.
- Form small balls with the mashed yuca using your hands and place on a plate.
- Fill a large skillet with oil, deep enough to cover an entire ball and heat over medium-high heat.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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I would love them too. Me an my sweet tooth....
Yucca is one of my favorites though I never know what to do with it! Love this idea!
Oh, I want to try these! I only ever use the blossoms, but I'm saving this in hopes of getting enough gumption to make some 😉
Does this ever look sweet and summer-fresh. I must check my grocery - unique and pleasing to all. Love this idea for a crowd. It would turn heads.
I love yuca, but never had it this way...it is so simple and sure a great treat 🙂
Thanks for sharing this recipe Erica and hope you are having a wonderful week!
Looks like something I couldn't have just one!
These really beg to be tried. I never quite know what to do with yucca, but you've pointed me in the right direction. These sound amazing. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary
We call them tapioca here and we steamed it before dipping into sugar and eat 😀 this versions sounds yummy and more presentable..great photos!
even though this is something i've never tried, i'm quite positive i'd love it. after all, sugar is heavily involved. 🙂
I love anything with cinnamon and sugar. Would love to try this vegetable!
These yuca balls were really good. I added cinnamon powder and we loved them. thanks
Thank you, everyone!
Question... Assuming one peels the yuca first? 🙂
Oh my, this looks good. I prepare them fried as savoury, but never as sweet, they must taste fantastic with hot chocolate.
Just a question. Do you add the sugar also to the mash or is it just rolled in it after frying.
Don't add sugar to the mash.
Don't you add flour to it? It can't be fried if I don't add..
Can I bake them instead?
Yes. The texture and flavor will be a little bit different.