My Trini Style Boiled and Fried Cassava (Yucca)

"This is a recipe I have grown up eating. It is like a staple in our country and while there must be many versions out there - this is my simple and tasty version. It is great eaten alone with some ketchup and hot sauce or served with rice, stewed chicken and a green salad for a complete meal."
photo by Roxanne J.R. photo by Roxanne J.R.
photo by Roxanne J.R.
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  • Place the cassava/yucca pieces in a large pot and cover completely with water.
  • Place pot over medium heat and boil cassava/yucca pieces till they are a little more than fork tender (this may take 30 minutes or more - depending on the cassava pieces. Some take longer than others).
  • NOTE: Check the cassava while it is boiling during the 30 minutes. If it isn't soft enough but needs more water, feel free to add more.
  • While the cassava/yucca is boiling, prep other ingredients.
  • Chop one medium onion into strips, chop 4-5 garlic cloves and de-seed the roma tomatoes and chop into 8 pieces each. Place all into a bowl.
  • When cassava/yucca is soft enough, drain in a colander and place an iron pot on the heat and add in 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • When the oil is heated a bit, throw in the chopped onions, garlic and tomatoes. Stir these regularly for the next 3-5 minutes.
  • The onions should become soft and translucent, the garlic should be slightly soft and the tomatoes should be almost disintegrated except for the skin.
  • Add in the boiled cassava/yucca and stir well to incorporate all ingredients.
  • While incorporating, try breaking apart the cassava/yucca even more with your spoon. The end product should be semi-smooth, semi-chunky.
  • If it seems a bit dry, add in more oil - but this should not be necessary.
  • Add in salt (to your taste) and stir well to incorporate evenly.
  • Turn off heat and now you are ready eat!

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I'm 23 years old and I live in Trinidad. One of the islands in the Caribbean. I love baking and have a major sweet tooth but I am trying to cook more savoury foods and I am enjoying trying new recipes. Recently I have come to love photographing the food I make. Too bad they don't all come out photo worthy, but at least they still taste good! lol <img src=> <img src="">
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