Yucca with Garlic Sauce: Yucca con Mojo

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 6 pounds whole yucca (fresh or frozen), peeled and cut into 3-inch sections (about 5 pounds trimmed weight or 5 pounds frozen chunks)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small Spanish onions, sliced into thin rings
  • 12 cloves garlic, finely minced or mashed to a paste with mortar and pestle
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup bitter orange juice or a mixture of lime juice and orange juice (reduce amount if a less tart taste is desired)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Place the yucca in a large 6-quart pot. Cover with 5 quarts cold water. Add the salt and bring to boil over high heat. Lower heat to medium and cook covered until it feels tender when pierced with a fork but still keeps its shape, about 30 minutes. Be careful not to overcook because yucca can turn into a gooey paste. Turn the heat to low and leave the yucca in the hot water until ready to serve.

For The Mojo Sauce: While the yucca cooks, prepare the mojo sauce. Heat the olive oil until fragrant in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion rings until lightly golden. Add the garlic and the cumin and saute, stirring for a few seconds, until golden. Pour in the bitter orange juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Very quickly, drain the yucca in a large colander and transfer to a decorative serving platter. Cover with the mojo sauce and serve piping hot.

In Cuba and the Hispanic Caribbean, yucca con mojo is served alongside rice and beans and roast pork


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