Yuca Fritters (Carimañolas)
Total Time: 1hour hour
- 1 ½ lbs yuca 1 bag frozen yuca
- 2 tsp Kosher salt
- 3 Tbsp butter salted
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 Tbsp flour
Note: Save ½ cup water from boiling the yuca.
- 8 oz beef ground
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion small, diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 Roma tomato seeded, cored, and diced
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- ½ tsp hot paprika
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp adobo seasoning
- 1 dash allspice
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp recaito
- Oil for frying. (canola oil works well)
Prepare the yuca dough:
- Peel the fresh yuca with a vegetable peeler and cut into 3 inch chunks. Frozen yuca will typically be sold peeled and cut into 3 inch pieces.
- In a large pot boil enough water to cover the yuca. Cook for about 15-20 minutes. When the yuca is fork tender transfer to a large bowl.
- Split open the yuca pieces in half and remove the fibrous threads that run down the middle. Discard the threads.
- Begin mashing the yuca with a potato masher.
- Add salt, and butter, and about ¼ cup of the reserved water.
- Mix in the egg.
- Next add the flour and continue mixing until you have a smooth dough.
- Leave the dough in the bowl and cover with a dishtowel until ready to use.
Prepare the meat filling:
- In a small bowl mix all the spices: Kosher salt, paprika, cumin, chili powder, adobo and allspice.
- In a skillet over medium heat sauté the onion, and garlic until translucent. Add the meat, spices and brown. Stir in the tomato, tomato paste, and recaito. Mix well.
- Once all the meat is fully browned and the tomatoes are very soft remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Prepare the fritters – carimañolas:
- When the dough is cool enough to handle, pinch off a piece and roll into a 2″ ball.
- Flatten on the palm of your hand and place a small amount of filling in the middle. Close up and form in the shape of a torpedo.
- Set on a plastic cutting board ready to use. Tip: They will tend to stick to a wooden cutting board so use plastic or a ceramic pan.
- Fry in 350°F oil until golden brown