Carimañolas de Carne y de Queso (Meat and Cheese Stuffed Yuca)
- 1 ½ pound frozen or fresh yuca
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese diced
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 garlic clove minced
- ¼ cup red bell pepper chopped
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 scallion chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- ½ pound ground beef
- In a large pot place the yuca, salt and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 15 minutes or until fork tender.
- Drain the yuca and remove any fiber from the center. Using a potato masher, mash the yuca, cover and set aside.
- To prepare the meat filling: In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, red bell pepper and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, scallions, cumin, salt, black pepper and cook for about 1 minute, stirring often.
- Add the ground beef and cook until the meat is cooked trough, about 7 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes more.
- Remove from the heat, adjust the seasoning and let it cool.
- To make the carimañolas: Divide the yuca mixture into 10 balls. Make a hole through the center of each ball with your finger. Place about 1 tablespoon of meat or cheese filling and gently close the ball, giving an oval shape.
- In a large pot heat the vegetable oil and heat to 350° F. Add the carimañolas to hot oil and cook about 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown, turning them often.
- Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with ají.
Carimañola is a traditional dish from the Caribbean region of Colombia. It is a yuca fritter stuffed with meat, or cheese for a great vegetarian version. This dish is also popular in Panamá.
I usually don’t like to eat fried food, but once in a while I crave my Colombian fritters. Since I have to blog about Colombian cuisine, which includes all these fantastic fritters, I have the perfect excuse to eat them. :)Carimañolas are delicious with suero Costeño or ají! Try them.