I've decided to share my secret on how to make yucca (also known as cassava) fries for less than $1 a fry. So go forth, make your own and start noticing how heavy your pockets will be from all the money you'll be saving.
- a decent-sized yucca (they have a waxy skin; look for one that doesn't have any blemishes and where the wax hasn't started to crack or peel)
- oil for deep-frying (I used the last of the canola oil to finish it off; vegetable oil would be better)
- sea salt, to season
- paprika (optional)
- Peel your yucca with a knife:
- Cut into fry-like pieces, removing any fibers that should appear. Also cut away any brown bits (tough fibrous parts):
- Your fries should look like this when you're done:
- Boil the fries for about 8 minutes. Basically you want to be able to pierce the fries with a fork but still be firm. The following were a little bit too tender. I boiled them for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander when done:
- Dry your boiled fries on a paper towel, making sure to absorb any excess water. This prevents any oil splatter when you deep-fry them:
- Fill a pot with 1" of your chosen oil and commence deep-frying:
I enjoyed these as is, with sea salt, but you can season them any way you like, with paprika, cayenne, dill or with a garlic mayo, spicy guacamole or even some organic ketchup--the possibilities are endless!