Recipe courtesy of Mi Patria

Tortilla de Yuca

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

2 pounds peeled, deveined and quartered yuca

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Salt

1 cup shredded mozzarella (or your choice of melting cheese) 

Ensalada Criolla, recipe follows

Ensalada Criolla:

2 tomatoes, sliced

1 large red onion, sliced

1 bell pepper, sliced 

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 

Juice of 1 lime 

Salt 

Directions

  1. Place the peeled and quartered yuca in a pot and cover it with at least 2 quarts water. Cook over high heat until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain the yuca in a colander for 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer and add the butter, 1/4 cup of the oil and salt to taste. Mix on medium speed until well incorporated, about 3 minutes. Refrigerate until cool, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Shape the yuca dough into eight 4-ounce balls. Make a hole in one of the balls with your finger and stuff it with a tablespoon of the mozzarella. Flatten it into a thick patty (a tortilla). Repeat with the remaining balls.
  3. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add 4 yuca patties and cook until light golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining patties, adding more oil as necessary. Top the tortillas with the Ensalada Criolla.

Ensalada Criolla:

  1. Combine the tomatoes, onion and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste and toss. Yield: 8 servings