Yuca Fries Made with Lard

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Yuca is a starchy root that fries up beautifully.

Here's the short form of the yuca fries recipe:

Skin, chop into sticks, and parboil yuca for 15 - 20 minutes in salty water; drain

Fry in lard at 350 F until golden brown

I prefer using lard to industrially processed seed oil, such as corn, peanut, or canola oils, because I can render the lard myself and talk with the farmer who raised the pig about what it ate and how it lived. Plus, the fries just taste better fried in lard.

Passo 1: Ingredients

Yuca and enough lard to fry it. The second image shows some of the yuca after peeling their skin.

Passo 2: Render Lard

The fat shown here is from a Mangalitsa pig, a furry pig bred for sweet-tasting lard. We got the pig from Suisun Valley Farms, and Christy butchered the pig at home. We rendered the lard using the dry method, where the fat is chopped up and heated by itself. Rendering via the wet method, where the lard is boiled in water and skimmed off the top, apparently yields lard with a higher smoke point. Frying at 350 F, the lard didn't smoke, but next time we'll probably try the wet method.

This amount of fat yielded 6.7 L of lard, which serendipitously filled the fryer. It took a full day of chopping, simmering, and filtering to render this amount. Once the fat was chopped, we let it simmer and added more to be filtered or changed the filters about every 30 minutes.

Passo 3: Parboil Yuca

Skin the yuca, cut it into sticks, and parboil it in slightly salty water.

I found that 15 minutes of cooking at a simmer yielded fries with a fluffy center. Boiling longer (20 minutes+) resulted in delicate strings on the surfaces of the sticks that fried up with plenty of crunch.

Passo 4: Fill Fryer

6.7 L of lard filled the fryer to the minimum mark.

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tinaciousz diz: Set 3, 2014. 11:48 PM

Cuban approved! Lard is a staple in Cuban cooking. We put it on everything! You should taste what it does to bread. Cuban bread is my favorite part of visiting my parents in Miami. I'll have to try this recipe out!

krispunke diz: Fev 18, 2014. 11:33 AM
Yuca = tapioca. Yucca is not the same plant. It's a common misconception, but there are indeed two separate plants. Different varieties of the Yucca trees indigenous to the N. American deserts are more palatable than others (soaptree yucca has better tasting flowers than roots, etc) Nice thing about eating this while camping? Save a couple of roots to wash up with after eating the fries! :-D ^5, sharing this recipe. Thanks!
ewilhelm diz: Fev 20, 2014. 1:48 PM

Thanks for the correction!

krispunke diz: Fev 18, 2014. 11:24 AM
* saponins, not sappopin. sorry.
krispunke diz: Fev 18, 2014. 11:22 AM
I'm in New Mexico, USA. Our state flower is the yucca, and it is edible. If you eat the fruits, you want them to be about halfway developed: full grown, they taste too soapy. (Yucca root & flowers contain enough sappopin to be used as a very mild soap!) This is also why the roots should be used quickly, rinsed thoroughly and cooked in a way that really gets them all the way through, as heat kills the chemical. :)
blkhawk diz: Fev 18, 2014. 3:34 AM

Yucca is not edible. I believe that you meant tapioca. Tapioca is called "yuca" in some Latin American countries.

Mutazek diz: Fev 19, 2014. 6:05 AM

That's right! But in some countries the Yucca flowers and roots are eaten often, but you have to know well the plant to be sure don't eat other variety.

blkhawk diz: Fev 19, 2014. 9:35 AM

The Wikipedia article says: "

"Yuccas are widely grown as ornamental plants in gardens. Many species also bear edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, flowering stems, and more rarely roots.
References to yucca root as food often stem from confusion with the
similarly pronounced, but botanically unrelated, yuca, also called cassava (Manihot esculenta)."

The pictures in this project depict a tapioca or mandioca root.

ewilhelm diz: Fev 20, 2014. 1:48 PM

You're right. Thanks for the correction.

blkhawk diz: Fev 20, 2014. 2:24 PM

Now you have my vote! :-)

ykyk diz: Fev 17, 2014. 8:07 AM
这好像是炸, 额,貌似你们看不懂中文吧?
wrdwise diz: Fev 17, 2014. 6:46 PM

我的中文不好,所以我希望你能看懂我的意思 :-) 你实际上在我们的英文网站,所以大部分的用户看不懂中文。我们最近建立中文的网站了,你可以看看吧!http://www.instructables.com/zh/


faiza007 diz: Fev 17, 2014. 6:22 AM

"yucca" looks similar to tapioca root..is it the same thing?
and these look so crispy..! i want some.. ;)

Mutazek diz: Fev 17, 2014. 2:55 PM

Yes, it's the same, Tapioca is the starch of the Yucca (Also called, cassava, Manioc, Mandioca...)

blkhawk diz: Fev 19, 2014. 9:42 AM

No, it is not the same. Yucca is a flowering plant that may or may not be edible. However yuca, also known as tapioca, mandioca or cassava is totally different and it is shown in this pictures.

faiza007 diz: Fev 20, 2014. 10:10 PM

thank you so much for the info..! :)

sunshiine diz: Fev 16, 2014. 11:06 PM

Never tried them and we have a lot of yucca. Can you describe the flavor? I mean do they taste a lot like french fries? Thanks for sharing!


Mutazek diz: Fev 17, 2014. 6:03 AM

Well, it's very similar to french fries, but I think is better :)

sunshiine diz: Fev 17, 2014. 5:28 PM
Thanks, I just might try them when I get home. Have a great day!
Mutazek diz: Fev 16, 2014. 9:54 PM

I love Yucca!!! That's so typical from my country (Colombia), I like to eat it with some "Ají de Cilantro" or with "Hogao".... Yikes.. mouthwatering...

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