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Yuca is a brown to black skinned tuber sometimes it is covered with wax to preserve it. Pealing yuca can be a bit of a haste but it is well worth the trouble. Use a sharp knife of vegetable peeler. Cut it into smaller sections to make the peeling easier. Cut off the ends of the tuber. Remove the brownish black outside layer and also the pink inside layer (it is pink on the outside and white on the inside) that is between the brown outside layer and the tasty flesh that you will be cooking. When you get going with the outer skin removal it is easy to get a long slice in the skin and try to remove the outside in one long piece. After peeling place the pieces in water to preserve their color.
* For more information and the history of yuca go to the Grown in Dominican Republic page about Yuca/ Cassava. (opens in a new window)

Boiled Yuca
Cut the yuca pieces into about 3 to 4 inch lengths and cut the pieces in half lengthwise, or in quarters if they are really fat.
Place these pieces in a pot covering them with water to which you add some salt or flavor with some stock or bouillon for a different taste.
Bring the water to a boil in an uncovered pot then turn down the heat to keep the water at a simmer.
Stir them occasionally so they don't stick to the pot and to boil them uniformly.
When you can stick a knife in these pieces easily and the knife slips out easily (about 1 hour or so) remove them from the heat.
Leave them in the hot water until you are ready to serve (if your going to store them for later or have leftovers store them in this same water - they will last about 3 days in the fridge).
Some of the yuca will have hard centers which you can easily remove when they are cooked.
You can sauté some onions (red are the best and prettiest for this dish) to serve atop.
Place on your plate, put into your mouth and enjoy!

Mashed Yuca
Prepare as above but cook a little longer until they are falling apart and are really mushy.
Place in a pan and mash them up (the texture might not be really smooth but don't worry, lumpy yuca is acceptable) using the stock or milk as you like and a little salt.
Adding some garlic into the mix really livens up the flavor.

Yuca Fries
Do the same as above but leave the pieces a little firm so they are not mushy when you fry them.
Do just as you would making fried potatoes.
Dry the pieces on a towel so they are not all wet and cause the oil to spatter.
Cut the yuca into strips.
Heat oil in a deep fryer or a sauté pan or you can just bake them in the oven at a medium temperature.
Add the pieces a little at a time and fry until they are the desired crispness and golden brown.
Drain on paper and serve.
This is my favorite way to eat them.

Yuca Chips
Slice the uncooked yuca into round slices (just like potato chips) as thin as you can possible get them.
Heat the oil in a deep fryer or pot to around 375 F.
Drop the slices into the oil one at a time so they don't stick together. Do not crowd these little chips. Make sure you give them room to cook freely.
Turn them as needed until they are a firm golden brown (1 to 2 minutes).
Remove and drain.
Add some salt, garlic salt or just eat plain.
These little crispy pieces of yucca are a great treat.
Do you have a special family recipe that is unique that maybe you would want to share? If so send me the recipe along with a picture and I would be happy to publish it. We can even call it by your families name if you wish.
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