These may just be my new addiction!
Yuca cooks up similar to potato fries, but achieves a nice crispy outer skin without the addition of flours (that are sometimes used on traditional fries). It is necessary to parboil the yuca to soften them a bit before baking, but it’s an easy extra step.
In case you’re not sure what to pick up, this is what a yuca root looks like:
I’ve tried yuca fries with a few different seasoning, but I really love the combo of a blackened seasoning (recipe included) with these. They go perfectly with a quick guacamole mixture (avocado, lime juice, cilantro, diced jalapeño for heat, and salt). Just store the seasoning in an airtight container and use the leftovers to make blackened fish (recipe coming soon), chicken, or just to add to veggies!
These are also an excellent substitution for potato fries if you have an issue with nightshades or are following AIP (Auto Immune Protocol).
- 1 tablespoon Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Smoky Paprika
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 yuca root
- 2 tablespoons ghee, melted (I use Tin Star Foods Ghee)
- 1 Tablespoon Blackened Seasoning from above
- Preheat oven to 425.
- In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the blackened seasoning. Set aside 1 tablespoon for the recipes, then store the rest for later use.
- Using vegetable peelers, peel the waxy skin off the yuca.
- Cut off the ends of the yuca, then slice yuca into fry-like matchsticks (just don' go to skinny because yucca splits fairly easily).
- Place yuca matchsticks into a pot of boiling water, let cook for about 10 minutes.
- Drain yuca and rinse with cool water.
- In a small, shallow dish combine the melted ghee with the blackened seasoning, and combine well. Add in yuca sticks and coat well with seasoned ghee.
- Place seasoned yuca sticks on a cooling rack that is foil lined (for easier clean up).
- Bake for 30 minutes, flipping them half way through for even baking.
- *Depending how crispy brown you like your fries, you may want to add a couple more minutes.
- Enjoy by themselves or dip them in your favorite sauce!