Cassava or yucca root was commonly consumed by the indigenous (Taino) people of the Caribbean. This starchy root is a rich source of carbohydrates and it contains a variety of minerals, nutrients and vitamins.
Many folks are discovering that Yucca Root is very tasty food. During a recent visit to the local Whole Foods, I came across Baked Yucca Fries. Overwhelmed by its crispy-garlicky taste, I was compelled to recreate the recipe at home.
- 1 lb. of peeled yucca root
- Himalayan or sea salt (to taste)
- Black pepper (to taste)
- 1/4 cup of light olive oil
- 1-2 cloves of finely grated garlic
- Boil the yucca root for 10-15 minutes
- Remove from water and let cool to the touch
- Cut into long strips about 1 inch wide
- Toss gently in large bowl with olive oil and grated garlic
- Place each strip of yucca on a cookie sheet that is non-stick
- Place in preheated oven and bake 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes turning over once halfway through baking-time
- Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes and enjoy warm baked yucca root fries