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
- Powder cinnamon(optional)
- 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.
- 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.