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Stuffed Yuca Balls - Yuquitas Rellenas

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Stuffed Yuca Balls - Yuquitas Rellenas

Yuquitas Rellenas

Marian Blazes
Yuca is a root vegetable, also known as cassava and manioc root. It can be peeled and boiled just like potatoes, and it's a staple food in many parts of South America. These crispy little balls are made by shaping the mashed yuca around a piece of queso fresco, then rolling them in bread crumbs and frying them until golden brown. The result is a crispy shell around a soft starchy filling, with melted cheese in the very middle. Fried yuca balls are excellent dipped in salsa a la huancaína, a spicy cheese sauce.

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of yuca root
  • 4 ounces queso fresco, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 10 saltine crackers
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Huancaína sauce for dipping (see link to recipe below)

Preparation:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Peel the yuca root and cut it into 3 inch long pieces.

  2. Add the yuca to the boiling water and cook for about 30 to 40 minutes, until the yuca is very tender and can be easily pierced with a fork. It should be fall apart when poked with the fork.

  3. Drain the yuca in a colander. Remove as many of the woody stems from the center of the root as possible. Pass the yuca through a potato ricer, or force it through a colander, to remove any remaining fibrous strings.

  4. Season the mashed yuca with salt and pepper to taste. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. Place 2 tablespoons of mashed yuca in the palm of one hand. Make a small well in the middle, and place a piece of cheese in the well. Wrap the mashed yuca around the cheese, and roll between your hands to make a round ball. Repeat with the remaining mashed yuca.

  6. In a deep skillet or deep fat fryer, heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to 360 degrees. Fry the yuca balls in batches until lightly golden. Drain on paper towels.

  7. Crack 1 egg into a bowl and whisk lightly with a fork. Process the bread with the crackers.

  8. Roll each ball in the egg and then in the bread/cracker crumbs, until well coated with crumbs.

  9. Fry the yuca balls a second time, just until they are golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels and serve warm with huancaína sauce for dipping.

Note: Yuca balls can be kept warm in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes until ready to serve.

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 5 out of 5
irresistible, Member shannonstoney

These fried yuca balls are so good. They are the perfect hors d'oevre. I have always wanted to do something with the interesting yuca roots in the Hispanic grocery stores in Houston. Once I was even given a yuca from a community garden, and I didn't know how to cook it. But now I do!

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